Strip away luxuries and we all end up in the same boat, but it is those that can cook that are the luckiest and -dare I say it - ones most sought after. My friend recently left me a pile of 'The Lady" mags, albeit a year old. It was fascinating reading the ads for the cooks/housekeepers etc. There were several that offered free accomodation (like a cottage in the grounds), use of a car, husband to follow own occupation, and a wage on top. Sometimes just for cooking, and this often only at weekends. Particularly liked the one where a 'cook for Christmas' was requested. Living in a 17th century house, log fires, able to use their car, do all the shopping, and cook the food - even if only for the Twelve Days. My idea of Heaven - and would be tempted to do it for free. Oh, if only I was younger.
So bear this in mind. Finding someone able to cook well - and often all is asked for is just 'good plain food' - is today not that easy, so all you cooks out there, consider your worth and never underestimate your abilities. Like anything - 'hand-made' (knitting, embroidery, carpentry...) cooking has become a dying art, and there are people out there willing to pay over the odds for such skills, and many families extremely envious because you have them in the first place.