I recently spent a week visiting relatives, who rarely do any "real" cooking - i.e., using fresh ingredients to create a dish, rather than using canned, packaged and/or frozen items to put together a meal. I volunteered to cook one night. My first idea - braised short ribs, was a no-go because they did not have a pot which could go from stove top to oven. So, I made a curry. Went to chop onions etc. and was given a "great new expensive" serrated knife, which of course made chopping a real pain.
This led me to think about whether a lot of people don't "cook" because they don't have the right equipment, and don't know how much a difference such equipment can make. I'm not talking about anything fancy, just decent knives and some sturdy pots. I used to think that people didn't invest in equipment because they don't enjoy cooking, but am starting to wonder if it is in fact, in some cases, the reverse - they don't cook because with poor equipment, cooking is a chore. Any thoughts on this issue?