Wow cooking plays a big role in a womans life. There are men who will have that notion or mentality that if a woman does not know how to cook then she is as good as not being referred to a woman. The one thing i know is that a woman who does not know how to cook is really a big disappointment and a disgrace to the family. It really makes no sense to have a woman inside the house and she cannot prepare a decent meal for the family, why is she even there if she cannot perform those kinds of duties? There is also a saying that goes " The way to a man's heart is through his stomach" in other words men appreciate good food which is prepared by a good cook, and if you cannot do that then how do you win a man's heart? Anyway i don't think it makes you less of a woman if you do not know how to cook, it just makes you look bad in the midst of other women, which will make you uncomfortable. The positive side of it is that the criticisms will make you do something about it like probably joining a cooking class.