Who taught you to cook?

United States
April 7, 2009 1:17pm CST
I have to say that I am a really good cook. BUT 2 years ago I wasn't. So I taught myself. 2 years, 1 understanding husband, and a lot of um...interesting dishes later I am now a very good homestyle cook. I cook everything from scratch including what I bake (I love to bake). So I was wondering... Who taught you to cook?
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@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
8 Apr 09
My husband taught me how to cook but not that much. He just told me to add seasonings and to put my own taste in what I am cooking. He said I should always believe in myself and so I did tried cooking several times. At first I was a failure but with several practice I was able to get a good score from him. I also use the internet and I research some recipes I could cook. I do not bake because we do not have an oven. I just watch youtube videos so that I could cook dishes that right way.
• United States
9 Apr 09
Lol I have used youtube plenty of times before...especially when I was learning to knead bread. And my DH always gets the "dumb" questions I have bounced off of him...lol
@steph7us (25)
• United States
7 Apr 09
I absolutely love cooking and creating new things. From meat to cakes it all interests me. I would love to go to culinary school someday but not sure what I would do with it other than cook my family some awesome meals!!! I watch all the cooking shows and research new recipes. About twice a week I present my family with a new creation so they never know what they are going to get. I guess it is not boring!!!
• United States
7 Apr 09
Thats the problem that I run into. Boredom, so I am always on the look out for new dishes!
@Jae2619 (1485)
• United States
7 Apr 09
I had to learn how to cook at a young age. My father passed away when I was 5 and my mother was working 3 jobs, so it was me and my older sister at home. We were taught how to cook small things, and as we got older we were taught more things so we could make do when mom wasn't home to help us. Over the years, I have just taught myself more and more by trial and error. I now don't need recipes to go by, i just throw things together as I am going and have never had anything turn out that we havent liked.
• United States
7 Apr 09
I was in the same boat as a child, with exception my father didn't pass away he just was not in our lives. I had to take care of my brother and sister while my mom went to school and worked. She taught me the home cooked meals then when I moved out I started discovering that there's more out there than home cooked meals. There is variety!! I now do as you do, throw it together and hope for the best. So far so good for me as well. And there is nothing more satisfying than your family or guests leaving with happy bellys!!
@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
12 Apr 09
My mom taught me the basics...the rest was me. Trial and error. I always thought it was fun, regardless of what I end up ruining. Learning is fun. And food is fun. And I don't think any of that will stop.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
10 Apr 09
Hi, joinforcash! Well, I taught myself! I also learned from my aunts and granmothers. I watched them cook. And I also loved to eat what they cooked too. By me messing up and making mistakes when cooking, that is how I really learned. I am no chef, but my food is likeable by me and my family.
@VotreAmie (3037)
• United States
10 Apr 09
My grandmother and my mother taught me to cook. They are both great cooks and they cook mainly French dishes. I think cooking is easy one just need to like it. If you don't like to cook you will think it is hard to do. Sometimes I think when I make the same recipe and even though my husband says it is delicious, I always think my mom's or grandmother's tastes much more better. In the beginning when I started to cook I would spend a lot of time in the kitchen now it is fast and I don't need the exact measures from my mother (unless it is a cake, dessert). Take care.
@smartjack (521)
• India
8 Apr 09
I have to say that I am a really good cook. BUT 2 years ago I wasn't. So I taught myself. 2 years, 1 understanding husband, and a lot of um...interesting dishes dishes later I am now a very good home style cook. I cook everything from scratch including what I bake(I love to bake). So I was wondering.. my mom taught me to cook and its a very good experience, i love doing it a lot
@prinzcy (5082)
• Malaysia
8 Apr 09
It was my mom that asked me to help her out in the kitchen since I was young. That's how I learnt : from watching her. Then I tried out recipes that I found (via books, friends, online, whichever source) That's how my cooking got better.
@coldmoon (1092)
• France
8 Apr 09
I used to watch a cooking show on TV and I can say that the host taught me to cook. I read sometime recipe books, and I've learn also many things.
@jambi462 (4599)
• United States
8 Apr 09
I learned to cook from a couple of different people but mainly from my mom and my culinary arts teacher in high school. I really like that I learned how to cook a while ago because it's pretty entertaining for me and it's definitely something to do. I hope that I can maybe use my cooking skills to maybe get a better job or something.
• India
8 Apr 09
a lady cooking  - a lady making a dish
Hi lotter iam also a good cook,and you all may be a bit surprised,but my father in law taught me how to cook,though when i got married i knew cooking,but not that good,but i can make a vriety of dishes all because of my father in law.
• United States
8 Apr 09
My mother was a big influence on me when it comes to cooking. she made everything from scratch (everything!) and she taught me the basics. My father also taught me quite a bit about the sanitary conditions needed when cooking. I also took 4 years of home economics class in high school. These days I teach myself new dishes, but I watch a lot of cooking shows on food network so I get a lot of new ideas. Soon I plan to try my hand at a homemade shepherds pie. YUM!
@mimiang (3779)
• Philippines
8 Apr 09
My family loves to cook.I inially learned from our recipe books and my mother did the tasting
@mikeysmom (2094)
• United States
8 Apr 09
no one really taught me. i observed some things as a child and then when i was on my own i just figured it out on my own. i am not a bad cook but i am not even close to the cook my mom is. i would like to perfect my italian cooking skills as that is my heritage and i love italian food. i still cannot make a good pasta sauce.
@dilsee (47)
• Japan
8 Apr 09
My mother taught me to cook. Also i love to watch culinary shows on Tv. SOmetimes i read cooking books. Also i surf online for new recipes.
@youless (86444)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Apr 09
cooking - cooking is my hobby
Actually nobody really taught me to cook. I think I have this talent and I am also very interested in cooking. I like reading cooking books and TV shows. I think they have helped me a lot. Today the internet is much more convenient for me to learn more new recipes. I love China
@Ronina (185)
• Philippines
8 Apr 09
I learn cooking by watching my Aunt when she is cooking at home and my mother also taught us as early as 11 years old how to cook rice and frying fish and sautee vegetables. I really love to cook that is why just by watching cooking show in TV and tasting some foods in a restaurant i kinda learn something different and apply it.
• Philippines
8 Apr 09
i have a lot of teachers, the mother of my boyfriend, my friends and housemates. and i also follow a recipe book most of the time LOL =)
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
8 Apr 09
I can only cook three dishes and they all involve eggs. I watched my mom cook thousands of recipes but I can't remember a darn thing. My mom never used to measure anything or wrote anything down. She already knew the recipes by heart.
@skyla26 (285)
• Philippines
8 Apr 09
since i was 10 years old i want to know how to cook.. i started to cook first rice until my mom teach me some foods that is easy to cook..