Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Nadine Levy Redzepi of Downtime: Deliciousness at Home | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Not About Food

Cooking and self esteem


Not About Food 37

Cooking and self esteem

BamiaWruz | Sep 6, 2009 07:25 AM

I've been thinking about this topic a lot lately and wanted to hear from other foodies and people who take pride in the art of cooking.

From my own experience I find part (not all of course) of my self esteem comes from cooking, for example the day I (or others) enjoy a wonderfully and perfectly executed meal that I cooked it really IS the best feeling in the world. I could sing from the highest mountain (if anyone will enjoy THAT is another story :P )

Cooking (to me) is a bit like an emotional rollercoaster, is that part of being passionate about it or am I just nuts?

I don't know or think people who don't cook can relate to this or understand (maybe they can if it comes to something they do or are passionate about?)
I get the impression that they think I'm overreacting or it's just no big deal. Maybe I take it personally, and it's not even the fact that they didn't enjoy it but I felt perhaps it wasn't done properly or the way I wanted it to go (and things like that happen in the kitchen of course)

When I saw the movie Julie and Julie and I believe it was the part when Julie broke down on the kitchen floor it hit me that perhaps this is just natural.
If I create a great dish it can give me a huge boost and inspires me to do more, if something fails usually I can pick up the pieces but if things fail repeatedly then I get that feeling of falling off the horse am afraid but know I have to get myself back up there.

Do share your thoughts, and if you all say this isn't normal then I'll look into signing myself up for therapy, haha.

Do any of you just not let it get to you?

(hope this is the right forum, I also hope this thread isn't deleted because it is not a rant, it's mearly an observation, and curious question about the feelings of most cooks towards cooking results)

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound