Cooking, as per Meriam Webster's dictionary, is the practice or skill of preparing food by combining, mixing, and heating ingredients.
It takes a lot of skill and time to prepare a sumptous meal. This may be one of the reasons why people are opting to getting take-away food from fastfood instead of preparing it themselves. The high-speed and time-constrained lifestyle has led to the rise of the food convenience industry and its significant impact on society’s food consumption behaviours. Without going much deeper into why people are opting to getting take-away food, let's look into how cooking is perceived by other people.
Cooking is an art. Every culture has a unique food philosophy.
The way we cook our food tells a lot about who we are and where we came from. It also tells us the history of a people. Where they came from and where they are heading to, as a culture. Food is a universal necessity, which is available to all species on Earth. But it is only us, human beings, who endeavour to transform food into something more. Food has an incredible quality to push a person's happy buttons. The connection also works in reverse. When you cook something, your state of mind gets reflected on the plate. Anger, melancholy, ecstasy, serenity, sloth, lust and pride can all be expressed through food, intentionally or otherwise. Think of cooking as like a a creative canvas without any boundary. You will have all the means to play with your senses in creating a masterpiece which is different every time.