c. COOKING

Cooking as a Hobby

Taking up this hobby has too many benefits to list.  The top five reasons are because it is healthy, fun, creative, teaches differences in cultures, and brings people together.  There are as many different types of food dishes as there are types of birds.  For example, there are many different candies for each country.  A list of candies for each country in displayed in Wikipedia.   Next, take a peek at the different cakes, pies, salads, appetizers, main courses, sauces, etc. for each country. 

i. Health Benefits from Cooking

Health Benefits of cooking are well documented.  Studies have shown that cooking at home unknowingly reduces the amount of calories consumed.  People are more aware of what they are eating.  They dramatically reduce the amount of salt intake, consume less antibiotic or pesticide grown ingredients, and cut the amount of added sugars.  Nutrition Reviews is a great place to review scientific studies on these issues.  Reducing the use of microwave ovens improves the food texture and taste. 

ii. Cooking Classes

Cooking classes are everywhere.  The on-line classes (less fun but more convenient) are readily available.   Many are listed at the Delish.com website. YouTube™ on-line cooking classes are a great source from beginners to experts.  Yelp™ provides a list of in person cooking classes that are located near your home.   The in-person classes are a great source for meeting people and sharing ideas. 

iii. Cooking Recipes

Every item in the meal has a recipe.  This is an incredibly large sub-hobby of cooking.   Allrecipes provides insights as to on-line recipes.    Do a computer search for recipes and hundreds of websites pop up.    

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