Cheers for your post, I love cooking myself (especially curries) but it's something I know very little about apart from watching such chefs as Keith Floyd, Rick Stein and occasionaly (dare I say it) Nadia G !, so it's very interesting to hear your observations and the very apt analogies you make.
Yes, for me the simplest set-up works best, I'm no keyboard player, so having banks of classic synths doesn't apply to me - in fact, I'm not really that interested in them, either. My main areas of expertise and interest are sound-design and composition. Thanks for your comments on my work, I devote a lot of time to it and I constantly seek out new techniques and processes, what i'm using currently suits me, direct-thought transfer maybe the next approach
Regarding mean-spirited and uninformed comments being made on this thread, I'm not going to get into a slanging match with any individual who has such fixed and limited views on the ambient music. It's just not a constructive way for me to use my energies.
Anyway, back to the subject of inspiration, the 'synth Gods' don't necessarily inspire me, but this lot do:
Killing Joke 'Primobile':