I mean that. Outside food is pretty much like McDonald's. YUCK! Almost all of it. Home cooked food is the best. It keeps your spirits up. And the best of all, it's made with love. Can there possibly be anything better than that? :) Nothing beats a nice meal cooked at home.
I'd rather stay at home and cook my own food than to go out and eat food deep-fried in recycled oil and eat MSG filled food. When I cook my own food, I know exactly what I put in my food and I can make some adjustments to my liking.
Home cooked food allows you to control what goes inside the food you are eating, how cooked it is, and how healthy it is for you. The flavor is in your control, and you do not have to worry about where the cooks hands have been since it is your own cooking.
Most people do both- cook at home and eat out. What I prefer to do depends on what I wish to eat, how much time I have, and whether I want to put in the amount of work (I don't, for example, want to spend all evening in the kitchen on my birthday).
While I certainly prefer in MOST cases to eat at home, it is partially because cooking is a hobby of mine and I take it pretty seriously. There are plenty of people whose homes I would NOT want to eat in because they have no skill in cooking. Nor do many of them WANT or CARE to have such a skill- not everyone needs to be a great cook. It's why the restaurant industry is such a vast one- many people either don't have time or just plain don't like cooking.
There are several reasons for my support of home cooked food. One is that it is cheaper than eating out typically. Another reason is that a lot of times it is healthier and a lot of times it is even tastier :). I'm use to eating at home mostly because of the lack of money but I love home cooked food.
Eating out is getting more expensive. The quality of the meal is diminishing. Menus sound more like science experiments than dinner. Many servers have little ability to be courteous let alone provide service. In some of the finest restaurants, I've seen wait staff who have little knowledge of basic etiquette. It's all pretty disappointing. When money will spend anywhere, you would think a little more consideration would be involved. Holidays seem to be the worst. Or, maybe, patrons just have their hopes too high? My hubby & I have a few tried and true restaurants for special occasions, if we dine out. But 95% of the time, we prefer dining at home!
Most -decent- restaurants hire experienced chefs that respect the craft, meaning that they not only know how to cook, they also adhere to proper safety precautions. Cooking is as much a science as it is an art. An experienced chef knows that the "secret" to great food are great ingredients. They combine the science with the art and produce food that is vastly superior to the food an untrained home cook could ever dream of producing.
If I was filthy rich, I would never eat home cooked food.