Let's just start here; I love real food and cooking from scratch.
If I can reasonably make it at home, then that's how I want to do it. Since I've got a variety of food intolerances, this lifestyle suits me quite well.
I think my enjoyment of food and cooking comes from my mom and her mother. Growing up, I remember many delicious dishes made from scratch and grew up thinking that's just food was always prepared. It didn't occur to me until much later that many of these things could be purchased pre-made or pre-mixed. Many of my favorite foods and ingredients tie back to things I remember from childhood; meyer lemons, rhubarb, picadillo, etc.