My respect and gratitude go out to Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen
. He died today, but his invention remains in my heart forever (probably literally). As what the NYT article kindly refers to as a "kitchen-resistant" person, I've used ramen noodles as a staple of my diet for my entire adult life. Though I always throw away the enclosed MSG packets and use my own spices, and sometimes stir-fry in all kinds of vegetables, and thus consider it legitimate cooking.
In July 2005, the company vacuum-packed portions of instant noodles so that a Japanese astronaut, Soichi Noguchi, could have them on the space shuttle Discovery. Mr. Ando said at the time, “I’ve realized my dream that noodles can go into space.”