I am capable of preparing nutritious meals and consider it a necessity of life. Cooking isn't something I like doing on a regular basis. I try to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen. There's always something else I'd rather do than cook. When I'm looking for a recipe, I quickly rule out any recipe that has more than 20 minutes prep time. I'd never put in my bio that I "love testing out new recipes." I occasionally spend 1-3 hours on a complicated recipe, but the pleasure of seeing a delicious dish that I made from scratch fades when I consider how much effort and time it took. I know a few people who don’t like cooking. By some strange coincidence, half of my friends are like me: they cook on a daily basis yet are always happy to find alternates. My mother would complete cooking as quickly as she could so she could spend time on her beloved stitching projects. That was also true of some of my aunts. I remember the ladies in my neighborhood who used to tell us little girls that they would rather be reading a book or writing stories for magazines than cooking. Then, there were those who shortened their cooking routines in order to devote more time to basket weaving, embroidery, or running chit-fund clubs. Women like them were labeled as work-averse or unwomanly since they didn't care for the annual pickle-making or papad-making activities. There hasn't been much of a change, in my opinion. Even today, a woman is often judged by how much she cooks, how well she cooks, and how frequently she cooks. These are the parameters by which a woman will judge herself too. How about you? Do you love cooking? Enjoy it tremendously? Or do you cook only as much as needed and then run from the kitchen? . .