Who taught you how to cook?

@rocketj1 (6960)
United States
November 10, 2008 12:32pm CST
My mom is a decent cook. She doesn't really enjoy it though. She also has a terrible habit of being overly modest about things. Example:.........."I made this salad but I'm not really sure that it turned out right, so don't worry if you don't like it." Wow, mom. Now I really can't wait to try it, right? Since she doesn't really enjoy the culinary arts, I learned only a few basic things about cooking from her. Most of the things I have learned about it are things that I have picked up along the way (18 years of marriage). I am an avid cook book collector and I have learned a lot from them. In contrast to my mom, I really love cooking and I can even be excited about serving it! Who taught you to cook? Did someone teach you the "family recipes"? or did you teach yourself?
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
10 Nov 08
I basically taught myself how to cook, which explains a lot. Growing up, I watched both of my parents cook regularly. Dad seemed to do dinners on weekdays, and mum on weekends. I would watch them, and help them out now and then, but they never actually taught me. After leaving home, I obviously discovered that it would be nice to make more than just spaghetti for company. I would call my parents and ask them how to cook certain things... usually asking for temperatures for certain types of roasts and such. Now I have the basics I need.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
10 Nov 08
Yes. I called my mom during our first few years of marriage for cooking advice too. Thanks:)
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• United States
12 Nov 08
I think i learned how to cook from my mom and my grandma. I love to cook so i liked watching cooking shows on tv. I found the best way to get started was to just in the kitchen and start. The internet is a great resource I use it alot to find recipes and get helpful tips.
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@vidhyagowri (1976)
• United States
10 Nov 08
I learned cooking from my mother in law. I have not tried cooking before marriage. I learned everything from the scratch from my mother in law. She is a great cook
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
10 Nov 08
What a wonderful MIL you must have! Thanks:)
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• India
12 Nov 08
ts wonderfull to have such a nice discussion.
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@katsmeow1213 (29043)
• United States
10 Nov 08
I learned a few dishes from my mom, nothing spectacular. I don't think she was all that crazy about cooking, but she wasn't awful at it. I taught myself to cook for the most part, usually from recipes, but then I change the recipe around and make it my own. My passion for cooking comes and goes, sometimes I'm more than happy to spend hour upon hour in the kitchen, sometimes I'd rather not even look at the kitchen for a month!
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
10 Nov 08
Don't you think an assistant to do all the clean up would make all the difference in the world? Thanks:)
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• India
12 Nov 08
clean the dish that you dont want at most!
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• Philippines
10 Nov 08
the first lessons were from my mother of course...then i studied at school...but since i love to eat, i love to cook so it sort of came naturally to me...
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
10 Nov 08
Works out nicely! Eating and cooking! Thanks:)
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• India
12 Nov 08
yaa ofcourse all mothers are the prior at all. they feel its better to do so.
@kdhartford (1152)
• United States
10 Nov 08
My Mom taught me to cook when I was younger and as I got older I worked for a classically trained chef, who took me into the culinary world. I have to say that somethings my Mom taught me, I still use today. It is the basis. I've always wanted to open a restaurant, maybe one day.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
10 Nov 08
You seem to be very skilled. What is your speciality? Thanks:)
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
10 Nov 08
My mom and dad both loved to cook and we learned by watching them. I think we saw so much of it that it was just automatic because we still use the same recipes and many of the tips that they taught us. I think they were better cooks then we are. We had many wonderful meals.My dad is is 78 and still cooking the best meals and he loves to barbecue and grill as well. We just had a great meal with him yesterday...mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
10 Nov 08
What a wonderful way to learn! I know many men of your father's generation who cannot even boil water (my FIL is one). Thanks:)
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• Malaysia
10 Nov 08
who taught me how to cook? do believe me if i said i learn it by myself. i'm a scout for life, i love scouting, from there i learn how to cook rice properly. then when i'm studying overseas, i learned from internet, ask friends and try by myself. i experienced it all by just using my instinct. my cook is not that good by fair enough to be eaten
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
10 Nov 08
So you are self-taught cook, right? That is very impressive. Thanks:)
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• United States
10 Nov 08
I taught myself, using cookbooks, magazine, and copying dishes I liked when we eat out. Still do, and now I even create my own. Bought our dream house last year - dram kitchen and all, so I'm in it as often as possible!!
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
10 Nov 08
You are blessed to have your dream kitchen! Someday................sigh......... Thanks:)
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
11 Nov 08
My mother, while a good cook, was a 'timid cook' like yours. Whenever she tried something new, she would start appologizing for it before it was even served. I learned some things from watching her. Her range skills were somewhat stymied by my dad, in that there were so many things he wouldn't eat. He did not like foods prepared using seasonings, other than salt or pepper. That ruled out using garlic, and herbs. He also was not a fan of trying different cuisines. His idea of foreign food was eating pizza. When I lived on my own, I started experimenting with flavors and different styles of cooking. I hardly ever use recipes, so I guess I'm still experimenting...lol.
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
11 Nov 08
I learned cooking from my husband. Before I didn't known even fundamentals of cooking . Later he just told me the overall view and some days he helped me in kitchen. Now I am good in cooking. I myself learned many tips. If I have doubts I prefer net.
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11 Nov 08
I wasn't really taught to cook but my mum and dad taught me a couple of things, very basic, easy to make meals. I'm not really a cooker and would prefer to clean up after. I have tried to make a few meals and do like trying to attempt to cook a meal but would rather have my boyfriend cook as he enjoys it and makes fantastic meals!!!!
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@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
11 Nov 08
Everything that I learned about cooking was from my Grandmother who passed away when I was 9 years old. Neither my Mother or my Aunt liked to cook and unfortunately when we lost my Gran we also lost all of her recipes. I've spent a lot of years trying to duplicate the recipes that I remember helping her make without a lot of success.
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• China
11 Nov 08
Frankly speaking, I don't like cooking, but my mum said to me:"You must learn to cook, beacause you need eat everyday." My mum really enjoy cooking, she always try to do the new food as her ways, and always they are very delicious. on her infulence, I start to learn how to cook, now Iam not a good cooker. Cheer up, one day i will a good cooker like my mum.
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@melody1011 (1664)
• India
11 Nov 08
I learnt to cook from my mom. She is an awesome cook and I cook somewhat like her. When I cook at home, my dad often cannot tell the difference between our cooking. I love to try out new recipes that I get from the net or from friends and colleagues. But mostly i love puttering about in the kitchen making and remake old dishes that have been past down for generations.
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@laydee (12812)
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
My mom studied some culinary schooling particularly Chinese cooking and pastries. Plus a lot of recipe sharing from her other friends. Now, she taught me how to cook. Only some basic stuff and by following recipes. She also told me though that it's best to go to school (not really for professional cooking but more of knowing the basics) she says that a good foundation on anything, regardless the field, is the most important because you'd learn some tips and tricks on how to use kitchen utensils and how to do stuff the right way. I am soon going to culinary school to learn the basics, I'm just waiting for money and time. Similarly, I have found a website that could help too. It's a social networking site that could give you a lot of options when it comes to cooking. People share their recipes there and people even rate it and somehow show which alternatives you could use. I've gotten quite a few there and tried them, my family loves the cooking. It's at http://www.grouprecipes.com Hope to share yours too! Plus in case you do join.. Try to add me up too so that we can share other recipes .. my name there is also Laydee
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• China
11 Nov 08
Well, I was taught by my girlfriend.She cooks very well,so I learned a lot from her.Although I am a new hand, it's believed I'll be a good cook.It was said that a man who loved to eat would love to cook...lol
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@eztuner (451)
• United States
10 Nov 08
My family business was Restaurants. I never wanted to learn how to cook I was clumsy when trying to cook I got burned easily and I didn't enjoy it. But baking cakes was totally different my first cake was bake when I was 10. But until I got married I managed to stay away from the kitchen. My mother gave me my first lesson on cooking but I never practice until I got married to a man that cooks as one of the World Class Cuisine Chefs and he really enjoys cooking. Today Iam a good cook and besides genes I owed to my husband.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
10 Nov 08
Wow! If you lived nearby, I think I would invite myself to dinner sometime! Thanks:)
@eztuner (451)
• United States
10 Nov 08
Well distance is a burden yes but I'll be happy to share recipes and make believe your invited to my home, I certainly would like to play like that, Lol. (I just learned what Lol means so Iam sorry if it doesn't applies)
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
10 Nov 08
Well, what is one of your specialty dishes? How about your husband? What is he famous for cooking?
• United States
10 Nov 08
My mother taught and is still teaching me to cook, since she does it almost everyday. We always have a home cooked dinner and naturally, I help sometimes. However, not baking so much - like cakes or cookies. We don't even use the large oven. I suppose I learned a little bit of baking from my auntie, but she lives in another state from me.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
11 Nov 08
The key to baking is being very exact with measurements. It's a more exact science than cooking is. One little omission and everything flops! Thanks:)
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
10 Nov 08
I taught myself how to cook. My mom didn't really do what I would call cooking. Everything came from a box or a jar. I like to cook things fresh and from basic ingredients instead of using spaghetti sauce from a jar, etc. I did a lot of the "cooking" at my parents' house when I was in high school, so I knew how to boil water, cook eggs, cook rice and noodles, etc. When I got married and we were on our own, I just learned how to cook over the years. I would try new things and some of them would go well and some wouldn't. Now, I am a pretty good cook and have people around the country who miss my food.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
11 Nov 08
Hey, it's great to have a fan base! Thanks:)
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Nov 08
Both my mother and father caught me how to cook. My father was an army cook and he taught me how to make stuffed cabbage and peppers,and stew, and other dishes, my mother taught me how to make roast beef, yorkshire pudding,kippers and smoked haddock, among other things. My dad was terrible at making dessert except for rice pudding. I think his cakes were used as bombs to drop on the enemy during the war. My mother taught me how to make apple crisp and pies, and the rest, I learned on my own.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
11 Nov 08
Army cook and ammo supplier! Good combination! Thanks:)