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the more you cook

do you ever find the more you cook the less you want to eat?

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  1. To some degree, yes. If i cook for alot of company I really don't want to eat because I have been taste testing and looking at food all day or sometimes days. Other times when i slow cook or braise I can't wait to tear into it because it has been teasing me with the smell all day

    1. In years, yes. Day to day, no.

      1. Sometimes if I spend a long time preparing an elaborate meal, I don't want to eat it at the end. Thanksgiving comes to mind. But most of the time I'm cooking pretty simple weeknight stuff, and I'm starving when I'm doing it, so I'm definitely ready to eat when the food's ready :)

        1. i find the more i cook, the less i want to eat crappy food: it takes the same amount of time to make good food with simple ingredients as it does to get in the car to get fast "food". the more i cook, the more i want to eat real food.

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            1. re: rmarisco

              I'm at the unhappy point where I'm totally over cooking, but most restaurant meals (that I can afford and are convenient) aren't really up to my standards either, since I know I can cook better... I just don't have the motivation or time.

            2. Yep. I host the family Christmas dinner and after two days of nonstop cooking I have very little appetite. Even daily cooking tends to dampen my appetite. (Maybe I taste too much as I go?)

              I'm also the baker/candy maker of the family. I think just the aroma of the chocolate, sugar, etc. fills me up. I have a toffee recipe that takes all day . . . my sisters and BILs refer to it as "candy crack" and scarf it down; it can sit in my house for months untouched.

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              1. re: gaffk

                Christmas Day is the only meal when I get cooking overload. We host the family lunch on alternate years. When I finally sit down to eat, I often find my appetite has gone (not that I'm a big lunch eater anyway)

              2. When I was younger and the kids were growing up, absolutely! And holiday meals meant by the time I got everything on the table, my body was drooping and my taste buds were dead. BUT! I've reached that lovely, mellow stage of life when I happily live alone and mostly cook just for me (well, the housekeeper is often invited to join me) so the end result is that I ONLY cook what ***I*** want to eat! That means that if I want something fancy and complicated, I cook something fancy and complicated. But I'm also able to decide on a nice bowl of oatmeal for dinner, if that's what I want. See what you've got to look forward to? True luxury can be having the freedom to do things your way! Even when it is just a bowl of oatmeal... or sous vide wagyu beef. Life is good. '-)

                1. Definitely. I remember back in the dark ages when I was catering in Vail, partner and I cooked breakfast and dinner for a group of 10 for 12 straight days. I "think" I ate half a sandwich all during that time. I spent all the time either in the grocery store shopping, lugging the food to their house, cooking and serving it. Don't think I had any "real food" in all that time. Nowadays, when I host a dinner my appetite is gone by the time dinner is served. I do manage a dessert,
                  as life is too short to skip dessert!!

                  1. Yes! I completely agree with many of the other posters. And I particularly crave Anybody Else's Green Salad. Mine are pretty good (or so I'm told), but man do I enjoy one not made by me.

                    1. Food fatigue does set in from time to time when one is responsible for the daily meal. Planning, procuring, and cooking every day just gets to be too much after a while. At which point I do not want to eat anything or even think about food. That's when the household has to forage in the kitchen for itself and I have just a cocktail for dinner. Happens about every two weeks for me.

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                      1. re: janniecooks

                        My mother was an excellent cook and mostly enjoyed it, but I remember her groaning "It's so DAILY!"

                        Now I see even more clearly what she was talking about. My respite is Fridays, when I drive a good ways to pick up bread (baked in outdoor wood oven, worth the trip) and usually do some additional food shopping on the way home. Dinner that night is grazing -- mine is the bread plus cheese.

                        1. re: ellabee

                          Sometimes, when I'm "cooked out," I'll ask Mr. Pine: "didn't I feed you yesterday?" That's usually when we go out for dinner.

                          1. re: pine time

                            I have no conception of being cooked out. In fact I get cranky if I don't get the opportunity to cook something. Like when traveling. I don't care if it's just breakfast, I need to cook something every day.

                            Granted I don't do it for a living which could definitely leave me cooked out.

                            1. re: scubadoo97

                              I still love to cook... I just rather feed people than eat it.

                      2. After I quit cooking for a living, I enjoy food much more. I still have a thing about bacon, after having to cook 10-12 full sheetpans a day at the last place I worked I've got a real aversion. It was the same way with turkey and prime rib but I've gotton over that.

                        1. This happens to me frequently. I put so much energy and time into preparing a menu, by the time it's ready I'm too tired to eat it.

                          1. Um, no. I want to taste the fruits of my labor.

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                            1. re: JAB

                              Yeah, kind of wish I had the problem of not wanting to eat all that I cook. Kind of the opposite, in fact. Always battling that extra 5 pounds.

                            2. Yes - in my youth, I had two very food-oriented jobs. During the day, I worked in a kitchen in a coffee shop. During the evening, I was a waitress in a restaurant. Being around food almost non-stop 7 days a week meant that during the rare times I wasn't at work, I wouldn't so much as want to *look* at food, let alone eat it.

                              1. Depends on what I'm cooking.

                                1. After I've been cooking and tasting for hours I probably won't want more than one helping (except for some choice item such as scalloped oysters or braised lamb or pork shoulder), but as long as I'm not actually sick I'm ready for a good meal. Pour me some wine and pass the potatoes!

                                  1. Yes, I find cooking to be a wonderful and natural appetite suppressant. I enjoy my own cooking, but I always tend to eat less of my own cooking than others. This is especially true when I bake. I made cookies for my Dad a week ago. I kept about 6 for myself at my house. I still have 2 left. I'm sure I'll trash them before I get around to eating them. Had these been somebody else's cookies, it would've taken great discipline on my part for them to last through the first day.