The old adage is that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. I don’t think that it holds true, because I have seen quite a few relationships where men are dating a woman who can’t even boil water. However, when a potential/interest finds out that I cook (and I can) they are quite shocked, like it's unheard of for a woman to cook. One guy even gave me the response of "damn, can I get you pregnant." (That quote and situation deserves it's own post).
I come from a family of cooks and I was thrown in the kitchen once my moms got preggers with my lil’ sis. Since she couldn’t be on her feet, I had to cook the family dinners for 6 months and then when she didn't feel like it. Being a single woman, I also choose to cook because it helps save money (especially during this da*n recession!) and allows me to just fine tune my skills so to speak. And, I have dated quite a few men who can hold their own in the kitchen, to the point now I would like my future BF/hubby to be able to cook (and not just steak & potatoes). Not to mention, it’s quite a turn on to get breakfast in bed, or cook together on a Friday night (makes for great QT and prequel to dessert). And, I have to think about my future kids. I can’t have them eating hamburger helper or rice-a-roni every night (nothing’s wrong with it because I ate a lot of it growing up myself).
So how important is it for your S.O. to have cooking skills? Is it okay if they can at least cook breakfast or know a few meals? Or it doesn’t matter at all, as long as they bring other skills to the table?