In a cooking rut? Here are 5 ways to reclaim your joy.

“Do you love to cook?” When presented with this question in the past, I would always answer with some form of enthusiasm (“Of course!”) or quip in the affirmative (“Duh.”) depending on my penchant for sarcasm at the moment. But recently, the question has given me pause – and I’m not alone. “I’ve based a substantial part of my life and personality on the answer to that question being yes,” cookbook author Ella Risbridger told me over a Zoom call. “But no, don’t make me cook.” Washington Post readers have shared similar sentiments, expressing being in a rut, a lack of inspiration and missing their mojo in the kitchen despite once loving it.