You Should Cook More. Here’s Why.

You should cook more. Not just because food tastes so good, but because it’s a useful skill and people will love you at potlucks, but because, damn, the guac from the freezer section just doesn’t compare to homemade. You should cook more. Seriously.

Here’s why:

  1. The economy of it. Going out to eat regularly or keeping a stash of TV-dinners in the freezer just isn’t going to be as affordable. A head of lettuce and a quarter pound of salmon will run you about eight dollars, something that may cost you twenty in a restaurant.
  2. Hot Pockets. Yeah, people eat those. You shouldn’t; they’re gross. Make a calzone instead, since all you’ll need is a little pasta sauce, cheese, and either your own or pre-fab dough.
  3. Your inner moral compass. You have one of those, right? That’s why you buy free-range eggs? Hate to break it to you: free-range doesn’t mean your chickens lived a happy life, but I’ll let you do your own research. So satisfy your moral compass, make a home cooked meal instead of picking up a Big Mac at the drive-through on the way home from work. Those cows had worse lives than your free-range chickens.
  4. Let’s talk health. A Big Mac with fries and a Coke runs you about 1300 calories. That salmon meal I mentioned? About 350. And the salad isn’t just empty calories, my friend.
  5. Guac. I mentioned guac. For some reason it’s become more popular in recent years, but the core principle of guac hasn’t changed: you don’t like making it but you love eating it. Try making it for a change. Not only will people love you for it, but it will be just so much more refreshing that what’s been sitting in a grocer’s freezer for the past week.
  6. You’re the life of the potluck. Oh, you don’t go to that many potlucks? Don’t worry; you will eventually. And when you do, don’t be the loser who just brings a bag of Tostitos and thinks it’s all cool. Bring a loaf of freshly baked french bread and a spinach dip. That will satisfy the crowd.
  7. A sense of culture. Let’s face it: you probably can’t afford to go all over the world trying different ethnic cuisines, and in all likelihood your town doesn’t have a restaurant featuring food from Nepal (there’s actually one quite nearby for me). Cooking at home affords you the freedom to cook a yak-milk stew or a Sicilian pizza.

There are many more reasons for you to cook more, but seven’s enough for now. I like seven. It’s a good number. Go cook dinner for yourself, your family, or your friends.

(Copyright 2017 Tys Sweeney)

Tys Sweeney

Founder & Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Tys Sweeney '17 founded the Blair Oracle in April 2015. He wrote news, fiction, poetry, and announcements for the publication until he graduated in 2017. He served as Editor-in-Chief until 2016 and was succeeded by Seth Kim.