It takes literally hours to make enough critted food for an adequate stockpile or to sell on the AH. People don't really buy the non-crit foods, and for not enough to make it worth while if they did. Considering the amount of time it takes from farming ingredients to cooking the item.
Could we please make bulk items more than 5? Perhaps 25-50?
The whole cooking time sink isn't really necessary. It adds ZERO enjoyment to the game.
I cook on sunday mornings. I am more than happy with the speed as I use the downtime to either read or do stuff around the house. And I am also able to sell the non crits on the AH quite successfully. I just price them at the point where I cover the cost to make everything that I made plus the cost to post. Yes that means that I make no profit on the non crits. But it also makes the crits pure profit. I pretty much always sell out.