How old were you when you started cooking?

@marguicha (82888)
Chile
April 22, 2009 7:38am CST
And why did you do it? I got married very young (18) and I didn´t know how to boil water without burning it. Fortunatly I had a helper who cooked. The very first time I had to cook was a day she didn´t show up. So I just thought what should I put on the pot and what got first. Fortunatly ir was just a soup with lots of veggies and chunks of meat. It came out right and it elated me. That was the beginning of a love affair between pots, pans and me. How about you? Share.
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@icegermany (2524)
• India
23 Apr 09
i started cooking after my marriage, i have servent to clean the house and all but the only thing i had is cooking but i wasnt knowing it and i have just learned a little about two dishes, i was 23 when i got married and it was a difficult time for me to learn cooking. but then i was about to have a child and i had not much work to do as i have a cook at that time and now as i stay away from my native i had to do all my work and also cooking and cleaning and look after my family and i must tell it is hectic job.
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@fwangaa (3058)
• China
22 Apr 09
i am now ten years than you. but i also don't always cook for myself. i don't want to do that things. becasue my wife always do it for me . my first food i cook at my ten years old , i can do a simple cook. cook eggs. or bread. that's feeled very fine when i eat it. i still can do it. just two dishes. i will study do difficult cook. i think i will be cook a delicious food for my wife for all my familily too.
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@gracie04 (4556)
• Philippines
22 Apr 09
I was 20 years old when I started cooking.. When I have moved out from my parents house and had my own place, i have learned how to be responsible.. I used to depend a lot on my parents most especially on my mom who is an excellent cook.. She doesn't like me to help her in the kitchen as she's very much happy with what she's doing.. plus, she's afraid that the gasoline tank might explode or something..=) Filipino cuisine is my specialty. If given a great opportunity, i would like to learn new cuisines such as french, chinese and japanese...
@landi927 (657)
• China
22 Apr 09
I only started cooking in these two years.I was in the college and the food in the canteen tasted so bad. I can't bear it anymore. Then I rent a house outside the college and begin to learn cooking. But it seems that I am borned without cooking gene. I am not a good cooker.Ha ha ..But who cares! My bf loves eatting my food!
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@mayka123 (10052)
• India
24 Apr 09
I was never too fond of cooking and till today avoid cooking if I can. I cook only when circumstances force me.....meaning there is no one else in the house to cook the food. I cooked my first full meal many years after I got married. In fact when my son was about four years old. That too because my mom had to suddenly go to her brother's place for a few days.
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@taface412 (3177)
• United States
24 Apr 09
My mom had me in the kitchen when I was pretty young, and that's where all the women were most often...my grandma(s) and mom, aunts. So I caught on to the whole thing pretty early and began liking it. I love cooking and baking and usually can hwip up something out of nothing.
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
23 Apr 09
I'm the oldest of eight children, and loved learning to cook from my mom. She had to have surgery when I was 12. I roasted my first turkey for my siblings and my dad (who worked all day and visited mom in the hospital each evening.) I was surprised when it turned out well, but it did.
@toosh21 (800)
• Australia
23 Apr 09
I have been cooking since I can remember...both my grandmother's and my mother have always been fantastic cooks and have always let me join in and learn. I love to cook, it is a passion of mine, and I am passing that love onto my 2 little boys (aged 2 & 3). My kids love to cook and I always let them join in to learn anything that is not dangerous for them at this age.
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@cassyisme (108)
• Canada
23 Apr 09
hahaha. well, I'm only a teen currently, but I started cooking when I was like 10. Ive always loved food and cooking, and my mom has always loved teaching me :) Im pretty independant though, so I did everything on my own from the time I was twelve. Im pretty much pro now ;D hahah, cooking is just supafly. its one of my favourite things to dooo. peace :)
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@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
23 Apr 09
I was about 7. I had a Suzy homemaker oven that cooked foods with a light bulb. By 8 or 9, I was helping to make real cakes and was making things like boxed macaroni and cheese without help.
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@csrobins (1125)
• United States
23 Apr 09
I've learned baking mostly when I help my mom in teh kitchen. I can do it, I just don't. But I don’t think I’ve ever cooked a full meal without supervision. I’m twenty three years old and granted if I were to get married my husband we would not have spectacular food, but I didn’t think it was such a big deal until my boyfriend told me one the main things that bother him is that I don’t know how to cook. But I think I can pretty well-it’s common sense stuff. I just don’t have a culinary license like his mom does
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
23 Apr 09
Hello marguicha, I didn't know how to cook until I got married about four years ago. I come from a big family and I have six big sisters. Most of the time, they didn't need my help and so, while they're cooking with my mom, I was busy reading story books or watching TV. When I first got married, I kept buying from outside and the reason I did that - I was working and I didn't have time to cook, too tired when I got home. When I needed to, I just cooked instant food or anything that can be done instantly. But, at the same time I tried to learn a few easy recipes. I fell in love with cooking and now, I cook dinner every weekdays and three meals on weekends.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
22 Apr 09
I never cooked much until I got married either. My mothers kitchen was her kingdom and she guarded it fiercly. The handfull of times that I had cooked, she would hover and give direction for each step of the way, and always from one of her recipes. She was a great cook, although on the bland side as my dad wouldn't eat anything spicy. Once I got married, I learned the joys (and sometimes embarassment) of experimentation. To me recipes are guidelines, and meant to be changed. Put me in a kitchen gadget store and I can be happy for hours...lol.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
24 May 09
I was very young; I was still in elementary school, maybe 6 or but definitely no older than 8. I was allowed to make simple breakfast like grits though I think it was farina. I can picture still the kitchen in the place we were living.
@marguicha (82888)
• Chile
24 May 09
Good for you! My girls learned to cook early but I think you did before them. Take care
23 Apr 09
I remember i started to cook simplely when i was high-school,if my mother was not at home or she was busy,i would cook ,but it was not nice to eat.when i got to collage that it is very far from my hometown,sometimes i and my classmates cooked together,now i got married ,in my family i usually cook food for my family,now my cooked dish taste is more better before
• Philippines
23 Apr 09
As far as I can remember I started to cook when I was 8 or 9.First try was rice then soup and other fried viands.I have to learn to cook because my mother works and my father wants me to really learn it by heart,I thank them for that because I don't have to worry who will cook if I have visitors coming.It's very enjoyable too.
@meandmy3 (2229)
• United States
23 Apr 09
I started learning to cook at a very young age, eight, nine years old. All three of us, (brothers and sisters) were required to cook one meal a week, starting when we were 12 years old, we all started learning to cook when we were 8 or 9. My children will do the same, I think that boys as welll as girls should learn to cook.
@shell2784 (752)
• United States
23 Apr 09
well.. my sisters and I used to cook all the time when we were young... I mean like... I was 10.. and then a little older when my sister started helping b/c there's a 7 year gap. I started right out with homemade stir fry's and everything... I never even knew you could burn water!
@ctrymuziklvr (11063)
• United States
22 Apr 09
Kitchen stove! - When I was 18!!
I didn't start cooking until I was 18 and married! My mother never let us do any cooking when we lived at home. The most she would let us do was boil water and I was great at that!
@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
22 Apr 09
Well I had to learn from an earlier age because there were times when my mother didnt come home on time and i needed somethng to eat ,so I learned at about age 14 so that I could prepare my own meals.