|There are three very good reasons why you should learn basic cookery: practical, gastronomical and personal reasons. On the practical side, its'a stubborn economic fact that preparing your own food is cheaper than buying it ready-made. Gastronomically, it's a fact that old-fashioned home cooking is tastier and more varied. As for the personal side, it's a fact that cooking is fun, especially good cooking.
James A. Beard