Why I Cook

Earlier today, Michael Ruhlman posted a list of the reasons why he cooks, and he encouraged others to do the same on their respective blogs. Here are my reasons:

  • I like being able to make people happy;

  • It reminds me of my mother;

  • When civilization ends, I need at least one marketable skill;

  • "It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong;"

  • It makes the house smell really nice;

  • To prove that I can;

  • Food from a can gets old really quickly;

  • Sometimes the only way to get something right is to make it yourself;

  • It would be really embarrassing if people called me a food expert and I couldn't cook;

  • Few things are more satisfying than taking water, flour, salt, and yeast and turning it into bread;

  • Reading a bunch of food theory doesn't stick in my head if I don't lock it down with practice;

  • It justifies the purchase of kitchen tools;

  • It is my husbandly duty;

  • Cooking gives us an insight into traditions, culture, and history. If there are people, then there is food;

  • To encourage others to cook;

  • There's no really good Italian food around here.

What are your reasons for cooking?