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Anonymous 06/07/14(Sat)22:28 UTC+1 No.5499799 Report

Why does food taste better when someone else cooks?

I cook for my whole family and friends and everyone keeps telling me the food I cook is great. I always feel like when someone else makes the same dish (and they're not incompetent in the kitchen) it turns out to be better. And the same dishes in restaurants are often times much better as well. Anyone else feel that way?
Anonymous 06/07/14(Sat)22:35 UTC+1 No.5499830 Report

I think my cookies are the best but that is because I modified the recipe to my tastes.

In your case it probably is more a psychologic effect of having someone caring about you.
Anonymous 06/07/14(Sat)22:36 UTC+1 No.5499836 Report


I think there's a saying like, "the best sandwich is the one someone makes for you" or something
Anonymous 06/07/14(Sat)22:46 UTC+1 No.5499891 Report

The secret ingredient is semen!
Anonymous 06/07/14(Sat)22:49 UTC+1 No.5499901 Report

Yep its all in your head.

When a bitch makes your food it shows an emotional bond. A show of affection in a non sexual way. Even if you can cook better than her. It's cute that she cared enough for you to take the time out and try.
Anonymous 06/08/14(Sun)00:19 UTC+1 No.5500076 Report


There's a physiological reason for it as well. While cooking for yourself, you get accustomed to the smell of the ingredients. When others make it for you, you are smelling it for the first time when you eat it. Taste and smell are highly related.
Anonymous 06/08/14(Sun)00:56 UTC+1 No.5500155 Report

makes sense. I spent hours and hours prepping and making shepherd's pie, and everyone including my grandma (who is my cooking idol) said it was fucking amazing. To me, it was meh. Put a little tabasco on it, but otherwise left it to my family who loved it.
Anonymous 06/08/14(Sun)01:42 UTC+1 No.5500297 Report

They were just being nice.
Anonymous 06/08/14(Sun)02:28 UTC+1 No.5500401 Report

I thought that at first, but seconds (and thirds, and going into the leftovers for a midnight snack/next few days' lunch and still complementing days later) do not lie.
Anonymous 06/08/14(Sun)04:54 UTC+1 No.5500893 Report

Probably for the same reason you can't tickle yourself.
Anonymous 06/08/14(Sun)05:40 UTC+1 No.5501020 Report

I kinda get that. I think when I cook I have a certain expectation of what I hope the food will taste like. Then when I actually eat the food, it might taste a little different than I expected and so it doesn't meet my expectations. On the other hand when someone else eats it, they didn't think about what it should taste like and are just able to concentrate on what it is they're eating.
Anonymous 06/08/14(Sun)05:46 UTC+1 No.5501028 Report

Maybe being too perfectionist about your own creations?

Like when I'm not happy with something I did but others feel it was great.
Anonymous 06/08/14(Sun)05:50 UTC+1 No.5501037 Report

> Probably for the same reason you can't tickle yourself.
and like the smell of your own farts....

Anonymous 06/08/14(Sun)05:53 UTC+1 No.5501041 Report

I might be a perfectionist, but I also cook without recipes most of the time so sometimes I add too much of something and the flavour comes out a little off. Might not even be in a bad way, just not what I expected to end up with and then it feels a little disappointing.
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