While many of the great chefs of the world are men, the average fellow is a notoriously distracted cook. As has frequently been observed, a "devil-may-care" attitude in the kitchen can get you into a lot of trouble.
Recently one young fellow, after dedicating himself to a lifestyle that involved frequent trips to the gym and physical abuse by mechanical devices designed to deliver optimal stress and strain to targeted muscles, determined that his self-inflicted misery was incomplete without diet reform. He therefore resolved that oatmeal would be his cereal of choice.
After his first meal, however, even his high threshold for suffering was tested to its limit. As he remarked to his sister later the same day,
"I hope I develop a taste for the stuff. It goes down real rough."
"Well," she replied, "how long did you cook it?"
"Cook it?" he muttered, "You're supposed to cook it?"
----------------A Final Thought ...
"We may live without poetry, music and art;
We may live without conscience, and live without heart;
We may live without friends; we may live without books;
But civilized man cannot live without cooks."
- Owen Meredith (Edward R. Bulwer, Earl of Lytton; 1831–91), English poet, diplomat