One of the things that I often like to say is that I engage in “peasant cooking” when I make food. By this, I mean that the manner in which I cook and prepare food is almost entirely the opposite of anything particularly refined, structured, or elite. I like to make foods that use whole ingredients (which is neither here nor there) but it is also almost always the case that when I cook something, it will take less than an hour to prepare. (The few exceptions to this are when I make Lasagna, but the preparation of it does take less than an hour before it gets thrown in the oven–and since I make so much of it–it really counts as two dinners…)
Additionally, I’ve noticed that my taste in food runs more more in what I (perhaps romantically) think of as “peasant” style dishes, by which I mean that I tend to like breads, vegetables, sandwhiches, soups, stir fries (very expansive definition here…basically cooking everything in one big pan or pot), certain casseroles, and bbq’s.
Overall, I do not tend to get very enthused about exquisite dishes that require massive amounts of time and have very strict guidelines on preparation. If I cannot just randomly choose the spices to add to it (based on general rules of taste) and sort of “wing it”–then I don’t want any part of it.
In addition–I am entirely unimpressed with various restaurants or cooking shows that try to show you how to make elite entrees. This is where my inner subversive comes out especially.
I eat fucking food–not art. It doesn’t impress me that we have to pay $100 for some rare dish–it sickens me. (This does not mean that I don’t appreciate paying good money for exceptionally high quality ingredients–but I’m so stingy that it must be a REALLY special occasion–such as getting married–before I’m likely to engage in such behavior)
Furthermore–trying to get me to appreciate such things is more likely to piss me off than impress me. Food is not a status object to me–it is sustenance and it is a way for me to connect with my loved ones in a more intimate setting. It is for these reasons (and many others) that I rarely like going out to eat… I’d much rather bring my friends to our home and cook for them.. thus replicating the lives and stories of almost all humanity for tens of thousands of years…