I was honored to be asked to speak at our local TEDxCLE last Friday where I was allowed to try to explain why I think cooking is important. There's a great book out now that argues that our ancestors became human only after we began cooking for ourselves and our families. I believe it's still important, but for different reasons. Not just sort of important. Really important. I'm not saying anything that hasn't already been said before, but I know it can't be said enough.
Consider that cooking food might be far more vital than you ever imagined. I don't believe that everyone ought to cook. But I think at least one person in every group ought to cook. We fail to cook for ourselves at our own peril. I make the case here that you should not view cooking as a hobby (though sometimes it is), and you should not view it as a chore (which it certainly can be), and most of all, you should not view it as something you'd do IF ONLY YOU HAD THE TIME! You should view cooking as an imperative.
As I say in the presentation, my daughter often complains that we have no food in the house. When I say I don't understand, she explains angrily, "It's all raw."
I conclude my speechifying with an image not shown in the video above, with my surefire way to subvert a government that subsidizes the corn that goes into fast food, a silver bullet against the mega food giants who will never care about you or your family, a way toward better health and happiness for all:
Simple as that.