Cooking Is So Personal…Even More Than Sex

27 02 2008

An article about Polish sauerkraut stew  by Alex Witchel caught my eye on NY Times.com. The opening line reads,

“IT is hard for me to cook for people I don’t like. I don’t have to do it often, but when I do, I find it a torment because cooking is so personal, so revealing. Even more than sex, I think.

You can have a perfectly good one-night stand, be greatly entertained, and still not know the other person when it’s done. But once someone cooks for you, it’s almost impossible not to discover who that person is.”

Well, there you have it!  Those of us who love to cook put their hearts and souls into the effort, it is so true! Although, I’d never thought about how much what I cook reveals about me.

But, now that I think about it, yes, indeed! For me, cooking is a very personal experience. And, when I have people into my home for a meal I’ve prepared, I do think very, very carefully…what my guests will like, how things will blend on the plate and over the course of the meal, what do I feel like making, how much will I spend preparing are all considerations.

Of course, the more important my guests are to me, the more energy and expense I put into the meal…do I buy the hummus or make it from scratch, do I soak beans for the chili or use canned ones, do I bake a 2-day bread or a 1-day bread, do I run to the free-range chicken farm or use A&P’s brand?  

So next time you’re invited to dine at someone’s house, take notice, even it you’re not a foodie. What is your host(ess) telling you?

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28 02 2008
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