Cooking is unironically the most important skill a person can have in the modern world. Everything depends on food, your health, your financial status, your happiness, the state of your love life, smell, how good your senses are, your looks, and especially your brain development. If you can not cook in the current era you are literally sub human, you belong with the apes in the cage, preferably neutered. The only thing separating the civilized world from the depths of hell like the Philippines is knowledge of proper nutrition and cooking techniques. Did you know that IQ is directly correlated to balanced nutritional intake? Did you know that it's literally impossible to build muscle in some parts of SEA unless you're hyper rich or an expat because foods with any significant nutritional value are all insanely expensive for the average population? Most of the populations of Indonesia, Philippines, and other such countries subsist on almost nothing but carbs and oil and salt, they literally do not have enough protein to build muscle even if they do the exercises. It also makes them stupider, cause they've been eating that shit since they were a baby and they literally have underdeveloped brains, same thing with ghetto kids in america eating mcdonalds from birth to death at age 34. Crime rate in any given area is directly correlated to the average nutritional deficiency of the people living in that area. You are literally setting yourself and everyone who thinks of you as a normal human being up for eventual defeat if you don't know how to cook. And I don't mean shit like pasta and rice and baked potato, you need to learn how to cure fish and make your own kombucha. But biome health controls brain health, general body health, joint health, blood health, everything. You are quite literally what you eat and if you aren't actively trying to control what you eat you are literally being cucked out of your own soul by corporate chemists. Wake up husk person, your fucking whopper is ready you soulless cocoon, no lettuce does not count as healthy.