K and I were recently discussing how our own personal cooking styles reflect who we are as individuals – and in fact, how this could probably be applied to most people.
He enjoys the rigidity of following a recipe closely, carefully mirroring each step of the process to ensure that he comes as close as possible to what the original author intended. In other aspects of his life he’s very methodical, preferring to take more time than others to do certain things so that he can properly think through the process to ensure that everything is taken into account. He’s the very epitome of slow and steady getting it right the first time around.
I cook by instinct – randomly throwing in sauces, condiments and ingredients to create a dish that may be vaguely related to a recipe that I once read somewhere, but is otherwise entirely my own. I thumb my nose at recipes. In other aspects of my life I tend to do first and think later. I am very much an action-taker and dislike meetings at work where people sit around a boardroom table to pontificate at length for hours with no corresponding actions.
We are how we cook. Of course, if you don’t cook at all and your specialty is a peanut butter sandwich, I’m not sure what that says about you!