Serious question, no bashing or flaming intended.
But I want to know what the joy, or enjoyment, is in cooking by simply following a recipe?
In slavishly following a recipe, what have you accomplished in terms of culinary achievement?
Sure, you've made a dish, but this is like creating a painting of a bowl of fruit by using tracing paper laid over a picture of an apple, banana, and orange. Are you an artist? Or somebody who can simply trace very well?
So, I ask, for those that cook-by-recipes only, what's the point in the exercise?
Does it not just create false security -- if not bravado -- in your skills as a cook?
Do you ever wonder if you'd be able to cook sans cookbook or recipe?
Let me ask perhaps a more poignant question ... do you even want to cook without a recipe?