Seriously. I can't think of many foods that need to be cooked, and the ones that do are probably not human food at all. Smoking, drying and freezing are simply methods of preservation. There's a simple test. It shouldn't have to be pre-digested by another species and then processed. If it isn't edible raw, dried, fermented or pickled, it probably isn't good for you cooked. Like lettuce. I want to make a very short list of good, wholesome food that can be eaten raw.
corn on the cob
cheese (cheese doesn't some in spray cans)
milk, buttermilk, butter
sugar from cane or maple trees
most plants that don't have a waxy leaf or milky sap.
all illegal plants
tea (you can make tea in the sun – it doesn't have to be boiled)
And a quick list of stuff that has to be cooked or 'processed' to be edible:
most dogs and cats
Did I mention Brussels sprouts?
And even a few things that just flat aren't edible:
Anything that walks, crawls, flies or swims and has red, yellow and black coloration. Let it go.
people who look sick, starving or bloated, or who have pustules or open sores or are bleeding from any orifice you didn't create.
-or are already dead when you find them.
Roadkill. Even fresh roadkill.
Anything that is preceded by the phrase “Try this”.
peach pits, potato eyes, rhubarb greens. Just say “NO”.
Anything a smiling person tries to serve you.
—90% of success is showing up. Getting the math right is the other 50%.
Aut viam inveniam aut faciamaut viam inveniam aut faciam.