Michael Ruhlman had a post recently that reasoned through his thoughts on why he cooks? It's here.
So, why do I cook - my first thought is that I have no earthly idea, but that just a stall tactic. I had experience with great menus and great food in my events career, so I have exposure to how things can be and what things go together - all new and different to me. I had to learn - it was part of the job. Now that explains how I could be god-forbid, a foodie, but not really why I cook.
It's simple - I am curious. What will work? What won't?
Under lying all this is the strong desire to make MotH happy and occasionally please the Boy enough that I'll make something that doesn't need ketchup added. And part of is to be different - to do something most people, honestly, don't do (or at least some people don't do). Does that mean I make homemade mayo every week -- no. But I will make it to go in my chicken salad. Sure call me a food snob - go ahead - it ain't the first time.
Cooking is, contrary to what MotH thinks, relaxing - even if I'm tired of standing at the end of the weekend. Even picking the weekly menu is a kick (though sometimes that's more difficulty that others). I like looking at cookbooks - hoping to discover the next great thing or trying something I've never done before. Or magazines, but increasingly more often now - blogs.
It's artistic - at least creative, and that's pretty nifty.
Cooking has lots of perks. You know, largely, what's in your dinner. You get leftovers (lunch!). As previously mentioned (see sentence above), it's relaxing and simply fun.
Hell, cooking means I order seeds for hot peppers, cukes, and a few some a lot of flowers (you need pollinators damn it).
Why not cook?
I'm tired - really tired.
It's something I just don't want to take on that night (pad thai, gyros, dolmas)
I'm out of time... for at least what I want to eat that night.
Ingredients are too costly - I'm notorious for being cheap - there are something I can't rationalize.
And it's the weekend... so it's time to start ... cooking!