I am sure many donn't cook anything. BUT there must be some out there that do. mine is an inserrt with a short 6 inch ledge so I can warm soup, hot choclate, or make stew on a sunday afternoon....that's about all though. When Ii was a kid we made everything on the stove. Had frequent power outages so Eggs, pancakes, cookies, biscuits...some very flat bread, stew, chili, steak, hot dogs...lots and lots off stuff.