Now I know the reason why I can’t seem to stop cooking/baking nowadays.
The more I cook, the more creative I feel, and the more I realize that recipes are just a guideline (as in every other thing in life). Ultimately, the results you get from your cooking is a function of: your own initiative, effort, and passion for the task at hand.
I found an article explaining cooking’s therapeutical effects.. hope you like it too!
Cooking is therapy: Making meals helps to reduce stress, heal a broken heart, among other benefits
It can soothe jangled nerves, heal broken hearts and cure boredom, insomnia and anxiety. Cooking is therapy and, fattening or not, it’s effective. It worked for Julie Powell, who set out to whip up every recipe in legendary chef Julia Child’s cookbook when she felt stymied by her own problems. The blog and book that resulted, “Julie & Julia,” are portrayed in a new film starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Just why cooking is so soothing may be because it encourages creativity.
“Cooking is a great destresser because it serves as a creative outlet,” says Debbie Mandel, author of “Addicted to Stress.” “And while stress can numb your senses, cooking activates them. It’s a sensory experience with aroma, taste, touch, visual delight and even sizzling sound.”
Psychiatrist Carole Lieberman says cooking makes people feel good because it’s a way for them to nurture others.
“If you’re cooking for people you care about, you get nurtured by their appreciation,” she says. “Cooking is like giving birth because you are mixing things together to create something new and wonderful.”
For Brigita Jones of Carroll Gardens, cooking offers a way to feel better about life because it offers immediate gratification. “For the most part, it’s very manual,” she says. “What I like about it is that it’s honest work.”
Jones, who has a corporate day job, liked cooking so much that she not only joined a monthly supper club, but took a part-time job working in the Chocolate Room in Cobble Hill. Now she looks forward to each delicious shift. Making desserts clears her mind and makes her feel like she’s more in touch with reality.
“These days, it’s here’s your degree, here’s your computer, here’s your email address and good luck with that,” Jones says. “But with cooking, you can imagine someone cooking 200 years ago, minus the KitchenAid. I mean, dough is dough.”
Debbie Mandel explains that cooking ensures such an intense involvement with an activity that it’s possible to forget, at least for a little while, about less than pleasant aspects of life. “You are in the moment,” Mandel says. “And this shifts your attention from a brain locked into worries to a recipe for living.”
Lucy Saunders, author of three cookbooks on beer and food and editor of Beercook.com, uses cooking to mend her broken heart.