Would you give up cooking or eating?
Say you're given two options and must choose one. Yes, this is a silly hypothetical, but I like silly hypotheticals.
Option 1: Give up eating. Imagine that all of your nutritional needs are magically taken care of without food, and you can eat at most about an ounce of food per day (in this scenario, really just enough for you to taste the food you cook and make sure it works).
Option 2: Give up cooking. Eat whatever you like, but if you spend more than 10 minutes cooking in a kitchen in one day, the kitchen explodes (in this scenario, really just enough time for you to make basic food but not really cook - the 10 minutes counts cutting, mise en place, etc.). Or something less violent if you like. Whatever, the point is that you can't spend more than 10 minutes cooking.
I'd take Option 1 no problem. Cooking's an important creative outlet for me and I really enjoy sharing my cooking with others (assume for this hypothesis that everyone knows which option you chose and nobody is creeped out by your inability to eat your own cooking).
Curious what others choose.
While I love the creative aspect of cooking, and I love to cook for myself, my friends, and my family, when it comes to enjoying food, I'm a hedonist through and through.
Option 2, please.
I think I love both equally...therefore, I would give up cooking. That way, I could spend my "kitchen time" creating cocktail recipes to pair with the food other people cooked for me ;)
I would choose to give up cooking. I enjoyed eating way before I ever began cooking (age 10). And although I love the creative aspect of cooking, I just couldn't imagine being deprived of the pleasure of sitting down to a good meal.