Cooking benefits all classes, especially melee and hunters (it is a free source of food). Until higher levels, the benefits it provides are almost exclusively stamina buffs. While more stamina is always nice, cooking is not essential to leveling. Considering the time investment required, if you pick up skinning then cooking would absolutely be a wise skill to level prior to hitting your level cap, as beasts often drop meat useful for skilling up.
As the first major content release of Battle for Azeroth, patch 8.1: Tides of Vengeance is adding a number of new ways to gear up, as well as increasing the item level of rewards from existing activities. Tides of Vengeance goes live on December 11th and will add most of the new content, but Mythic+ and PvP Season 2 will not start until the new raid, Battle of Dazar'alor, releases in January, at which time the item level thresholds will increase to the new Titanforge cap of 425.
We have no idea what implications this might have and whether or not it even indicates anything, since Patch 8.2 is still in testing and a Tuesday launch is more than unlikely due to Essence tuning and Azshara's Eternal Palace, which is supposedly coming shortly after launch. Blizzard said they wouldn't be delaying the new raid like they did with Battle of Dazar'alor.
I just leveled this char in about 2 days played time with a few hours of it being afk in cities.What I did was run every single dungeon one time and do quests while waiting in queue.That way you don't get bored and the experience gain is great.Works particularly good between 60 and 90. WoD is a piece of cake if you just have flying and Legion is questing + doing the per zone dungeon for the 100k xp quest.
If you're looking for simple, just get actionator. Set it to undercut everything you post for 1c and alt click from your bags. It will place the item on the ah window, do a scan for that item and autoset the price for how much you told to undercut (you can change it accordingly if you feel like it). It will remember if you do stacks for which items and replicate it everytime.