06/09/2010 11:55 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

10 Reasons You Hate To Cook (And What To Do About Them)

I don't like the word hate and try not to use it. I especially dislike it when it is applied to any kind of food or cooking.

Do you really hate asparagus? Or are you just whining about something you haven't bothered to learn to appreciate? Yeah, I thought so.

My theory is that most people who profess to hate cooking are actually just making excuses to avoid it. Why would anyone really hate cooking? What did cooking ever do to you?

The sad part is that cooking is a wonderful skill to have. Not only does it save you time and money on food, it also contributes to better health (usually), brings you closer to friends and family, and is a great creative outlet for stressful lives.

You don't have to love cooking, but knowing the basics and feeling competent in the kitchen can open a world of opportunity to improve your quality of life. But sure, go ahead and hate it if you want.

For those of you that thought you hated to cook but are now cautiously curious about what you're missing, here are a few of the obstacles that may be preventing you from getting past your pessimism and what to do about them.

10 Reasons You Hate To Cook (And What To Do About Them)

Do you really hate cooking? Or are you just looking around the room and saying that you hate things?

Darya is a scientist, foodie and advocate of local, seasonal foods. For more healthy eating tips visit her blog Summer Tomato.