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Why I love to cook

Updated on November 29, 2012
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So I am in the middle of cooking my Thanksgiving dinner and I glance at the dishes lined up, waiting for their turn in the oven. They looked so pretty, so well executed, so perfect! I thought to myself, "Boy, I love to cook!" And I do. I really enjoy cooking. It got me wondering why. What is it about cooking that I love so much?

There are a few quick and easy answers that come imediately to mind. The first two are no brainers. One, I love to eat! And two, I enjoy providing nourishment for my family and friends. I enjoy potluck meals and holiday gatherings where we share our favorite recipes. When we serve a meal, we get instant feedback, either in the form of gratification or in complaint. We can measure our success by the amount of food consumed. We measure our success when our food is spoken about or requested and sometmes becomes family/workplace legend! But this morning I realized that there is more to it than that. In fact, there are several more reasons that feed into my enjoyment of cooking, and here they are:

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The way to a man's heart is through his stomach

We've all heard that one, ad nauseum! Many young girls are encouraged to learn to cook, not for basic survival but for marriage! I prefer to interpret that old proverb a little differently. I agree that people/men enjoy being fed but I don't think that it is the actual "filling of the stomache" that equals love. I think it's the fact that someone cares enough about you to plan a meal, pick out and purchase the ingredients, put them together and serve it to you. I believe that is enough to denote love/caring. Therefore, the way to a man's heart is to lovingly prepare him a meal whether or not his belly gets full! and that same sentiment carries through to your friends and family. Why are homemade gifts so popular? Because someone took the time to prepare them for you!

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"I've failed over and over again in my life and....

that is why I succeed."~Michael Jordan

Using the example of cooking, the above quote can be very true. When we cook, not everything comes out the way we want it or expect it to. Sometimes the cake doesn't rise or the soup is too salty or the meat too tough. What do we do when this happens? Do we beat ourselves up over it? Maybe sometimes, like when there's company on their way over but usually, we either fix it, make something different or order in! If it's something we feel invested in, we will go over the recipe, make sure we followed it correctly. If so, then we need to revise it. If not, then we need to follow it more closely the next time around. Sometimes, it just needs to be tweaked. Then point is, that wilth cooking, we generally keep at it until we are content with the outcome! I read a hub a couple of weeks ago and I want to share it here. This is an example of doing it until you get it right, as well as pleasing her man! It's called "Oatmeal Bars" by Just ask Susan


"What is not started today is never finished tomorrow."~Johann Wolfgang Goethe

My final reason

for loving the task of cooking is that it is one job I can follow through from start to finish. I started this hub thinking about how much I love cooking because there are instant results and gratification. I thought about the process. How I could decide what I wanted to cook, make a list, buy what I need, then prepare it! I thought about how, I don't even have to always go that route because I generally have a stocked kitchen and a good imagination for planning meals. I realized that cooking for me is one of my best examples of successful multi-tasking! I love the idea of a finished product. Interestingly, billybuc just published a hub on procrastination and I realized another thing. Since I am a severe procrastinator and cooking is one of the areas that I don't procrastinate, it will always be one of my favorite things!

Food, glorious, Food!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is a wonderful hub, and I can so relate to it! I love to cook, and feed my family and friends...... I like to cook what I like, and it's hard for me to cook something that someone else wants me to make. That just throws me off :)

      Enjoyed reading your hub, and sharing and everything .....

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, LaThing! So nice to see you here and I enjoyed your comments. I think cooking can be so individual! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow! It's amazing you got my procrastination hub into this one so quickly. Talk about perfect timing for both of us. :) Thank you for the mention. I actually like to cook too; it's soothing for me, a low-impact task that takes my mind off of heavier concerns....the rare times I have heavier concerns.

      Wonderful hub and I'll just bet you are a great cook!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I wish I could say I am just brilliant but I actually had it almost written and put it aside to do the H.O.W. hubs!. So...the timing worked out well! It's as if I was waiting for it! Thank you for always being my (almost) first responder! And thank you for the great compliments! I love the phrase "low-impact task" I may have to steal that!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Randi, What a great hub. Guess I liked it so much because as you know I love to cook. If I'm not on the computer I'm usually in the kitchen cooking. Thanks so much for the link!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you for reading and commenting! I thought that particular hub was a perfect to link to get my idea across! Thank you!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a perfect hub, Randi. Seriously, we have so much in common-I can agree with you on all of those reasons you name. I didn't think I would ever get to the point where I would say, "I love to cook" and am pleased that I can now. My mom loved cooking and I feel her presence many times in the kitchen. Rated UP/A Thanks for sharing.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ah, Denise, that's what's so great about hubpages...so many kindred spirits! In my family, it was different, my mother was not too much of a cook but my mother-in-law, the famous, Miriam was my mentor! Thank you again for votes and lovely comments!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I like your idea of cooking from the heart. After all it is the effort of showing you care enough to do the work of cooking that should count most. Obviously with practice and some good recipes, our efforts are rewarded even more. Up, useful and interesting votes. Bon Appetit.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Peggy! I appreciate your reading along with your generous comments and votes! Bon Appetit to you, as well!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing your joy of cooking. We share many of the same reasons. Things changed in 1995, when I got popular with the masons. We rarely ate at home. Now my daughter is a big shot chef.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      You are lucky to have your daughterto cook. I am teaching mine to cook, now. It's not too difficult as the kids always hang out in the kitchen with me, anyway! My dad was a mason, btw! He loved it! Thank you for reading and tyour always welcome comments!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...well to be perfectly honest Randi - I would love to cook in the kitchen with you - but no cooking would get done - well there would be cooking but not that kind of cooking - but it would still be cooking just the same .

      lake erie time canada 2:17am I rushed home from work to be here with you at this hub -

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Aren't you on a roll? Well, you just caught me before I turn this thing off! Thank you, Colin, I think for reading and commenting?!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. This hub got me hungry. I too love cooking and I find it relaxing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hi and I also join you in this process of cooking. I like it because when I provide really healthy dishes I feel that I am doing so much good. People spend so much time eating fast foods and cooking at home is a reinforcement for me that I am doing the right thing. Thanks for all these thoughts...Voted UP...

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Gypsy Rose Lee for reading and commenting!

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      I love to cook too. It's something I do well and love to do with flair, meaning that I like to add that special touch to things. I think it gives me a sense of security when I sometimes feel so insecure about other parts of my life. I've always thought it is lucky when someone likes to cook...I can make almost anything I want and can't imagine having to rely on takeout or restaurants all the time. Great hub!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hey Carol, thank you for reading and your, always insightful comments! Judging from your hubs, I know you are a great cook!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi catgypsy, nice to see you here! Yes, cooking is definitely a way fot make up for our insecurities in other areas! Thank you so much for reading and your insightful comments! Bon Appetit!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I figured it out - let's not cook at all - and just have breakfast in bed - lol - lake erie time 2:12am - off to the land of sweet dreams and I sincerely hope all is well with you and your family

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      My family and I are very well and the kitties are all doing well, too! Thank you for asking! Thank you also for reading, hope you had pleasant dreams and enjoy your weekend!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Randi-I just complete my final #14 of the niche hubs. Whew! You were amazing cranking those out in 14 days...it took me all of the month of November and in the last 2 minutes I made it. So, didn't meet the goal of the deadline, as you had, but they are finished. Have a wonderful weekend, it's been a fun challenge!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Hi my friend I loved this hub and I also love cooking.

      his hub was brilliant and as well as voting up I also share. Here's to so many more from you and have a wonderful weekend.

      .Eddy.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Well hey now, Ladies, some of us men (ME) really enjoy cooking too!

      I've found I like to cook maybe MORE than I like to eat...I have to stop my skinny self at times, so as to not let what was cooked yesterday get old.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      'And she cooks TOO!'

      I feel the same as you, my friend - cooking makes me happy and brings my very small family together..

      it is what i...have to offer - if you will - i can't fix toilets or build anything - but - i can cook!

      i can fill your stomach with healthy, delicious - if simple - meals - and at the same time - fill my heart with happiness..

      is that selfish? lol..

      love your outlook on life, Randi..

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Denise....Woot! Woot! You did it! It doesn't matter how long it took you. You got the job done. Thank you so much for reading and your always generous comments! It has been fun and I have enjoyed getting to know you! On to the next challenge!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Eddy! I had a busy, working weekend, so just got on now to answer your lovely comments and thank you for the votes! I hope you have a great week ahead!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well, Mr. Wesman Todd Shaw, I have no problem with a man who likes to cook! I certainly hop I didn't give you that impression! Thank you for visiting and your fun comments!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Leslie...thank you...I missed you...and your "on target" comments! I love it when someone "gets" me! Thank you!

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      You can putter around in the kitchen even for many hours. More so if you've got a nice, full-stocked pantry and lots of kitchen gadgets.

      If you don't have those, though, and instead have what's needed and enough in your kitchen... that's the moment your creativity and resourcefulness are tapped. Whip up usual dishes with something more exciting to the palate.

      I agree with you that cooking gives instant gratification. It's also some sort of a therapy to me, and the kitchen will be for now, my domain. ;)

      Great hub all around. Voted up. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, idigwebsites! I appreciate your stopping by and all your great comments. I love it....the kitchen will be my domain, too! Thank you for your vote!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi btrbell,

      Really interesting thoughts here I can so relate to. Interestingly, I agree with your take on the quote "A way to a man's heart . . . . ". In my family both my brother's cook well, one in particular even chose Home Economics as a subject in school and was one of two boys in a class of 20 odd students! He loves cooking and is the main chef in his house and loves to entertain just because he loves cooking. I am a cook who loves making my own concoctions based on what's in the cupboard and fridge and seeing my partner enjoying my creations. Great write here that many will identify with!

      VU ++++ and shared!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Suzie! Somehow it doesn't surprise me that you love to cook! Happy to share that common interest with you. My son also enjoys playing around in the kitchen and I am enjoying showing him things. Thank you so much for the votes and share!

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