From the time humans began a sedentary lifestyle from the nomadic lifestyle they were accustomed to, cooking has been an important aspect of the everyday life. As humans began cultivation, cooking became a vocation for the females in the family. As the male of the family went out to till the fields and grow grain, the female settled down to cooking and looking after the family.
Heating the food made it appetizing, safe, easily digestible, and better looking. Additionally, cooking also made the food higher in calorific content and nutritional value. Different regions in the world offer unique and varied cuisines. The cuisines are mostly dependant on the weather conditions, as availability of food grains influenced a lot of the eating habits of people. There is also a perceptible change in cuisines as the climate of an area changes.
Over the years, cooking has turned into an art. With the right mix of knowledge of what goes into cooking and innovative ideas in garnishing, cooking is no longer a mundane chore but a stress-relieving and health-focused activity. Males are increasingly venturing into the kitchen and learning the art of pampering the taste buds.
Changing lifestyles have meant that more people began eating out. Restaurants and inns have pampered to the taste buds of the people to an extent where obesity and weight related issues have become a primary concern for most urban dwellers. This is where cooking at home and home made food has made a comeback, of late. The advantages of controlling what we eat, combined with using low fat, healthy ingredients in our food has made home-made food a recommendation by doctors to one and all, worldwide.
For people who canít differentiate a pot from a pan, help is readily available. Self-help cook-books authored by master chefs have become best sellers overnight underlying the need for quick fix solutions in the kitchen. Also, people have begun to get serious about what they eat and hence the need for greater information about what they eat. Culinary delights can now be prepared by novices with the help of these cook books. Traveling has also meant exposure to different cuisines. People go to far away lands and bring back not just memories but cook books so that they are constantly reminded of the wonderful tastes of exotic lands.