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A lust for cucumbers inspired chicken burgers with a sweet chili glaze. (Amy Thielen / For the Enterprise)

Let cravings serve as inspiration; it's the body communicating needs

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I obviously love to cook but sometimes I wonder what really drives it, this daily compulsion to make something. You could say, "it's hunger," but that can't be right. We could all simply fill ourselves in any number of less time-consuming ways.

No, what makes me, and all the other people I see in the grocery stores trolling the aisles in search of inspiration, need to cook?

I think the key lies not in basic hunger, but in hunger, or more specifically, in cravings.

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