As foodies, we see cooking as very important, more than just a way to provide nourishment. We see it as a way to show love, as a way to express creativity and as a way to feel a sense of acomplishment on a daily basis. I love it! It's not surprising we want everyone to be/feel the same as we do.
Good or bad, right or wrong, not everyone does. Many, if not most people, don't care about cooking, just about eating.
Many couples are like that. One steroetypical couple would have a stay-at-home mom and a dad who works outside the home. Dad works outside the home and brings home a paycheck and has no interest in cooking or doing the laundry, etc. Mom is busy all day doing stay-at-home mom stuff (including cooking for everyone else in the home) and doesn't work for a paycheck (I'm not making any judgements here, just trying to give an example). This is a symbiotic relationship. Mom cooks and cleans for everyone, supporting the family in that way while dad provides the family with cash.
Have you ever heard of someone who lost a wife and all of a sudden had to learn all the tasks his wife used to do? What about a wife and mom who lost a husband and had to go out and get a job to pay the bills but had no skills?
We all can't know how to do everything, even basics. I can't fix a car anymore, they're too complex. I get someone who loves to work on cars to do that for me. I can't cut my own hair (and go out in public). You get the idea...
This is all a long-winded way to say that I think it would be great for everyone to feel about cooking as we do for the reasons I gave in the first paragraph. But, I know that's never going to happen. That's just the way it is.
I wonder if folks who love to do stuff other than cooking think everyone should know how to do what they love to do.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan