After cooking and sweating for hours in the search for culinary perfection, you need something simple to help unwind. I know there's no need for such intensity, but merely cooking 'good' food is not enough. It has to be perfect, regardless of your definition of what constitutes a perfect dish. The greatest ideal is to have my guests come away from a dinner feeling like they experienced something new and something sensual and something memorable.
But what do you eat yourself after all the slicing, searing, and swearing in the heat of the kitchen? A platter, a glass of wine, and some Lord of the Rings is perfect.