In response to, “Jonathan Cockfield: The poor can’t cook. The Right use language to convey meaning and the Left to obscure”, perdu en france wrote:
The only argument I’d have with Baroness Jenkin is restricting her criticism to the poor. The English can’t cook, period. If by cooking one means knocking up a tasty nutritious meal out of whatever is available. Which precludes the rigid adherence to the instructions found in recipe books. And hence doesn’t require the largely needless diversity of stuff cluttering supermarkets.
Real cooking involves actually understanding what you’re doing. That you can substitute most of the ingredients without materially affecting the outcome. That you can mix & match almost any combination of stuff into an enjoyable meal. But, then, you’ll see from the username I’m exposed to a different outlook on cuisine.