People don't like to cook. Or to put it
another way, people don't like to cook all the time. Sure, it's
great to put together a meal for a special occasion or, if you're like
me, you're fussy about how and when you like your meals prepared, but
there are a lot of times when cooking just isn't convenient.
Like when you haven't bothered to do the dishes for
a week. So, it's only natural that the idea of a machine
that does the cooking for you is so amazingly attractive.
Don't believe me? Ask your friends how many have a decent
chef's knife and how many have a microwave and see which wins.
This idea is so attractive that it became something
of a cliché. That's why it shows up on
Star Trek ad nauseum (sounds like
a good series title). The Jetsons would be lost without
one, as would any self-respecting
home of the future.
The only problem with the food
machine is that when it reaches it's logical conclusion, you've
got a vending machine.