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?