When it comes to food, I wonder why a lot of people just have no clue about how to prepare a meal. I don't really expect most people to cook an elaborate meal. But I do think that you should have an inkling of how to open a can of tuna and a can of white beans, how to chop some herbs, and how to mix that all together, season with salt & pepper, add some lime juice and olive oil to taste, and serve on a green salad or with a crusty loaf of bread.
While sampling some tuna and white bean salad today, a few people asked me where I sold the salad. I had stacked cans of the tuna we used and cans of the the white beans we used next to a bottle of the olive oil we used. I told them that they could make it themselves using the ingredients in front of them. Most of them declined to make the salad because they did not know how to cook.
HOW TO COOK?!?!?!?!? There is no cooking involved. There's some can opening. Some mixing. There's also some tasting and seasoning. But true cooking? Not so much. How can anyone not know how to throw a bunch of things together to make a meal? You claim that you love food but you have no fucking idea as to how to put food together? How do you fucking survive since you can't think enough to add?
My friend Samara said that most people have no idea when it comes to food. I told her that it irks me that people say they love to eat. No you don't. Eating involves having some interest in the food you put in your system. You don't even know where half that stuff comes from or how it is produced. You love to consume. But you don't love to eat.
Since I do teach some cooking classes, I often wonder what people expect by coming to these classes. There is a very large percentage of attendees that have little to no experience in a kitchen. And by that I mean, their home kitchens. I sometimes look at the recipes we are going to prepare and second-guess myself because of their simplicity. Then, I remember that some of these people can barely open a can. I wonder if they will go home and even try to prepare the recipes they received. Or if they just came for what is being termed "edutainment".
How can anyone get by in life without ever having to cook a meal. Warming up prepared foods does not count. I mean cook a meal from "raw" ingredients. I stare at these people who openly say that to me sometimes and wonder how exactly they plan on living the rest of their lives. Are you going to constantly order in? Are you hoping that you meet a partner who knows how to cook? How does it work? I wonder.
I think cooking is so simple and visceral. You have to eat to survive. In order to eat, you have to prepare food. How can you not know anything about food preparation? And claim that you love food? You don't. You love consuming. You have no idea about food. As a matter of fact, you are kind of a food idiot. Maybe not. Maybe just an idiot. Later.