Can you be a Chowhound if you don't like to cook?
I consider myself very much a hound. I love food. I love trying new things, out of the way things, finding out the history of foods, exploring new cuisines, etc. but I do not like to cook.
I am a passable cook when I have to be. I have a few very good dishes, but everything else is about 80-90% there at best. I don't find comfort in cooking. It's a burden, a task and the vast majority of the time I would rather eat out, bring in take out, or get something prepared by a nice market.
When I cook at home (or bring my lunch to work), it's because of finances and/or weight maintenance. Surely, I cannot be the only hound who feels this way.
I'll bet you are not alone- I don't like to bake, but I do love dessert! I do LOVE to cook, though.
i feel as you do that cooking is a burdensome task best left to others. thankfully, my husband does like to cook and is good at it and we love going out to eat as well.
Why sure you can! A Chowhound is someone who lives to eat. And if you cook the way I do (not very well), it would be more Chowhoundly to leave the cooking to someone else. Not everyone has a talent (or, in my case, the patience) to be a great cook.