Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cooks vs. Non-cooks

I’ve never understood why more people don’t cook. It’s a sure fire way to relax and expand your creativity, plus you can enjoy a good meal when your done. Cooking is easy, all that is required, besides the ingredients is that you read the recipe though and then follow the directions. The more you cook, the better a cook you become. What better way to show someone your love than by cooking a wonderful meal for them?
People seem to be divided into two types, cooks and non-cooks. The cooks are usually organized and creative problem solvers. They always know what’s for dinner and can be counted on to feed a crowd. Cooks take pride in a refrigerator and pantry that are full of possibilities. For that is how cooks view ingredients, as possibilties. For example, a cook can look at flour, salt, sugar and butter and see croissants, pie crusts, shortbread cookies and a variety of other things. Non cooks only see the food stuffs and feel panic at the thought of having to use them. The non-cooks never seem to give their next meal a thought until they are hungry. Dinner hour finds them driving around looking for possibilities, for that’s how non-cooks view restaurants, as possibilities. Just as cooks know their families names and their breakfast preferences, non-cooks are defined by their usual order at the local deli.
Cooks enjoy food. Their conversation involves food. What they are planning to cook, what they have cooked, what has worked and what hasn’t. Mc Donald’s or Burger King simply doesn’t exist for a cook. They are not an option. The Farmer’s Market, local food store and gourmet store are all places to spend time buying ingredients for their art.
Non-cooks spend their time driving to carryout restaurants, eating meals out, and generally multitasking while they eat. Because food isn’t important, they pay no attention to it. I once ask a friend why she never cooks dinner, she replied she forgets. Consequently they eat out everyday. Non-cooks end up eating sub standard food at above standard prices.
Cooks also know how to buy quality fresh food. A cook knows her butcher’s name, the best cheese store in town and can always find good bread with a crusty exterior and chewy center. She can whip together chocolate molten cakes in a flash as well as an omelet. Cooks can create a meal out of any leftover food. That’s a skill honed in France, consider the Hache Parmentier, duck, sautéed with onions, celery, raisins, port wine and touch of garlic, covered in mashed potatoes. Made with any left over meat and vegetables, it is so delicious, no one knows it’s made from leftovers.
Non-cooks however, knowing no better, buy their hors d'oeuvres frozen, their fruit bruised and their meat from the case at the local supermarket. The best they can offer is a steak on the grill and salad from the supermarket salad bar. The poor families of non-cooks.
I wrote this essay for my English class. It seemed perfect to share here.


  1. Oh, I love this. You've captured the important differences between cooks and non-cooks perfectly! And neither group understands the other...

  2. love the article :) so true..

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  4. Thanks everyone. Yes, Kate, you are right. Neither group understands one another. I wrote this for my mid-term and really enjoyed it.
    3 hungry tummies and Zurin, isn't it nice to be in the cooks category?

  5. You are so right! Great post :)

  6. Accurate assessment! I'll never understand people who "forget to eat." I also had a friend once say she wished she could just take a pill for nutrition so she wouldn't have to bother with eating. It was shocking to me, and sad, but to each his/her own. I'm glad I wound up a cook, open to all the "possibilities" you point out. :)

  7. I totally agree with you. We often splurge on grocery bills, always trying something new or unknown, if there are some fruits or kind of cheese which are hard to find on sale, we would pounce on them. But then again, we rarely eat out in restaurants, so in the end we would be spending less than average folks on the whole. Some say one should eat to live and not live to eat, but if it is the only purpose of eating the life would be pretty sad I must say!! Licia from Rome

  8. Hahaha... hey, what an excuse "forgot"! haha... I mean eating out is good sometimes but you'll get bored after awhile. You can actually spell out the menu of each restaurant! The best thing about cooking at home is to have fun with food that you're preparing for your family and can always try out new ingredients. So much fun when watching everyone enjoy eating the food that you made for them. Great satisfaction after all! *wink*....

  9. My Little Space, so nice to hear from you! I agree about eating out, home is so much more fun!It's all about sharing. Pam