I wouldn't rate myself as a good cook. Frankly I don't have the time to perfect dishes. I'd rate myself as a cook who tries hard, always experimenting and learning. I'll admit I make plenty of mistakes, but these days, nothing really disastrous. It's been a common practice to ask my wife if everything is OK during her meal, which irritates her somewhat. I can't say why it irritates her, but after some time in the kitchen cooking for her, some feedback would be appreciated. And today, I didn't ask. I just watched what she ate, how she ate. What she left till last and what she tucked into with gusto. It was a roast so, probably easier than with a plate of pasta, but I reckon I learned more today about her preferences for the things I cook than I ever did asking her. Her stock kindness answer is always "It's very nice", but I never really know.