Anthony Bourdain asked the question. I read his book Medium Raw over the summer and got the impression he actually was really curious to know. There are an endless number of answers – love, fun, pride, posterity. As these things go, he and his publisher are holding a contest to see who comes up with the “best” answer. I read through many of the entries and was so interested to hear how cooking is so close to people’s hearts: Cooking to live better. Cooking as a metaphor for life. Cooking to carry on tradition and as a means of bringing people together.
And also as these things go, I went ahead and came up with my own answer. It’s a tougher exercise than you might think, so it took me a while to come up with something that rang true. So here’s a link to my essay, the best answer I could come up with right now: Improvising the Way to Immortality. Enjoy.