Why do people still cook? After all, once you consider the time we are living in, there seems to be no need. You can easily order all of your food or get some frozen stuff to microwave. And if you consider the fast pace of our lifestyles, you might wonder, why bother? Why should anyone in their right mind spend the small amount of free time that they have on cooking? Well, there are multiple reasons!
The Significance of Cooking
It doesn’t take much to realize just how important food is to us. After all, there’s countless websites, Instagram’s, businesses, and TV stations committed to nothing else but making beautiful, delicious food. And, if you really think about it, you will see that cooking has been a vital part of our development as a species over the centuries. After all, the first thing we used fire for was cooking. So, you can argue that without cooking we wouldn’t have evolved to this point – you may not even be here if it weren’t for food! Praise your plate!
Therefore, it’s not difficult to realize that cooking has a profound effect on us – both when we see an artisan make a delicious meal or when we roll up our sleeves and make one ourselves.
One of the best things about cooking is that it gives you control over your health via what you eat. And, considering that we eat every day, you can see why this is important. A healthy diet is almost inconceivable without home cooking, as most foods you eat out are loaded with preservatives, unhealthy fats, sugar, and sodium. Not to mention that there’s simply no substitute for a homemade, from scratch meal. So, if you still haven’t given cooking a try, we definitely advise you to do so or heck, hire a personal chef to prepare tailored meals exactly to your liking!
Interacting with Food
When you cook for yourself you’re usually going to touch, smell, and taste food. Unless you’re cooking for the whole week in advance, you will be managing a small amount of food for each cook. So, why does this matter? Well, when you cook for others, you will have to manage more food. And, as it turns out, managing a lot of food takes patience, skill, and tranquility. You can be irritated and in a rush and still make decent scrambled eggs for yourself. But, if you want to make a decent meal for others, you will need to relax and take your time.
The beauty of cooking is that it connects people. Organizing a dinner party or cook out, for example, is something that you should really give a go. Both of those experiences are inspired by the desire for deeper connection. While you can always get a chef to cook for your party, there is something beautiful & communal about getting everyone together to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, engagement, birth, or simply just to celebrate life!
Let us look back at the history of cooking one more time. It’s easy to take for granted that the food you eat will be fresh and not poisonous. But, this was not always the case. Actually, for most of history, people had to put their trust into the people who cooked their food in order to eat it! Remember, there were no health inspectors in the middle ages. And, if you consider the fact that this was the case for most of human history, you will easily understand why trust is a key component in cooking.
The Take Home
Our advice is that you make a fun event out of cooking and do it when you feel inspired. Do not make cooking into an everyday banality as you will soon lose all the benefits and become bogged down. Either dedicate a certain day of the week to prep your meals, or work with a personal chef to plan and cook menus tailored to your desired preferences. This investment will deliver all the physiological benefits to you and your family without any of the hassle!