Cooking is an act of preparing food for yourself and other people to eat.It encompasses
a vast range of methods, tools and combinations of ingredients to improve the flavour
or digestibility of food. It generally requires the selection, measurement and combining
of ingredients in an ordered procedure in an effort to achieve the desired result.
Constraints on success include the variability of ingredients, ambient conditions,
tools, and the skill of the individual cooking.
The diversity of cooking worldwide is a reflection of the myriad nutritional, aesthetic,
agricultural, economic, cultural and religious considerations that impact upon it.
Cooking requires applying heat to a food which usually, though not always, chemically
transforms it, thus changing its flavor, texture, appearance, and nutritional properties.
Cooking proper, as opposed to roasting, requires the boiling of water in a receptacle,
and was practiced at least since the 10th millennium BC with the introduction of
pottery. There is archaeological evidence of roasted foodstuffs, both animal and
vegetable, in human (Homo erectus) campsites dating from the earliest known use
of fire some 800,000 years ago.