At what age and from whom did you learn to cook?

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United States
June 7, 2009 11:32pm CST
I first learned how to cook certain things from my mother beginning when I was around 10 yrs. old. In 7th grade, I took a cooking/sewing class in school. The rest I've learned from cookbooks and by experimenting myself and exchanging recipes with others or collecting them from online and from magazines. Can you cook? If so, how old were you when you learned and who taught you how to cook?Karen
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• India
14 Jun 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, Well, my mother introduced me with Kitchen -work, when I was just seven yrs old, starting with preparing tea. My hubby is equally good cook and he always supports me. It is his hobby. He gets sick, if he does not visit kitchen. Later on I picked up knitting wool and further stiching. I used to make my own cloths. Apart from these, I have bad habit of reading anything before going to sleep at night. Let me see, if I can bring some photoes from my kitchen, where my hubby is cooking "Purries" May god bless You and have a great time.
• United States
14 Jun 09
I was introduced to cooking by my mom, too. It makes for many precious hours of learning and bonding. I think it is wonderful that your husband enjoys the kitchen. I hope you do post photos : ) You have enjoyable hobbies, I see, and that makes for a happier life, always. Enjoy your day, my friend. Karen
• India
15 Jun 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, I think, it is only mother, who teaches cooking to all her children and never father. Yes, I relax a bit, normall my hubby will get up much befor me and whenever, I am about to get up and go to Toilet, he would prepare a cup of tea, with smile, let whole day go with argument, but would settle as night settles. We try to remain happy. Thanks for all your soothing words. May God bless You and have a great time.
• United States
16 Jun 09
It sounds as though you and your husband have a very pleasant relationship. I am happy for you : ) Karen
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@YazEid (1139)
• Philippines
15 Jun 09
hello karen I learned cooking at 17 , and my mother learned me .. she is a wrokoer mother and she needed sometimes a help in making dinner or what so ever :D Now am a good cook :D have a great time
• United States
16 Jun 09
Hello YazEid :) I enjoyed learning to cook from my mother, too, and can now cook or bake many many things. I am glad you learned from your own mom. Have a beautiful day or evening. Karen
@YazEid (1139)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
thanks Karen you too have a good day
• Philippines
27 Jun 09
When i was a kid, i never have interest in cooking but i always help my mother in doing so. When i reached college, I was influenced by my friends & significant other in cooking since i started to love discovering new dishes from any restaurant that i bumped into :)
• United States
27 Jun 09
It is interesting the various ways some of us developed our love for or knowledge of cooking. I like that you've tried cooking dishes from those various restaurants and with friends and your partner :) Happy cooking! Karen
• Philippines
17 Jun 09
I remember that someone or anyone influence me how to cook are my mother and helpers whom i keep on watching them what they're doing at the kitchen particularly at the stove when i was 6 years old, i was 8 back then when the first dish that i cook by myself was bowl of instant noodles (i have a feeling that you're going to laugh at me), after that i'm starting to help my mother to cook and prepare meals from time to time ever since (i'm also the one who cooks the rice as well). And the only ones who can cook were me and my 3rd younger sister while my other three siblings are just newbies.
• United States
17 Jun 09
I won't laugh at you and your noodles (I love noodles), but it makes me smile in a happy way :) It took me ages to learn to cook rice well, but I do fine with it now. We eat it quite often. Best wishes, Karen
@SHAMRACK (8532)
• India
16 Jun 09
Dear friend, I do not exactly remember at what age I do start to learn cooking, still I am sure that I had learnt after my age of 14 and I learn it from own experience in the kitchen while helping my mother.
• United States
16 Jun 09
It seemed most of us learned our first cooking lessons at home. A beautiful place to begin. And yes, so is experimenting on one's own. :)
@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
14 Jun 09
My mom encouraged us to help out in the kitchen from a very young age. I think at age five she began letting me stir batter or mix ingredients together to begin teaching basic things. As I got older, the amount I was allowed to help increased until I could cook fairly well as a teenager. Now my daughter is four, I let her mix the ingredients together if I make cake or cookies or pancakes or even fudge. She enjoys helping and she's learning what goes into each recipe slowly. She's also learning how it's supposed to 'look' before it's finished with being stirred.
• United States
14 Jun 09
I think it's wonderful when we begin at a very young age helping with the cooking. Children love that, being included, and learn so much. Kudos on teaching your daughter : ) Karen
@ank_47 (1963)
• India
13 Jun 09
at the age of 10,i learned to put tea and coffee from my mother and at the age of 15 i learned egg curry and omlette from my mother. other than that i didn;t learned anything in my mother's house before marriage. after marriage i learned all recipes by experimenting myself seeing in tv or cook books like u . but now i am a good cook and i can do cooking for 30 people like that.
• United States
13 Jun 09
I think many of us acquired the majority of our cooking knowledge on our own. From books and tv as you said, and by experimenting with recipes. How great to cook for such a crowd. Karen
• United States
12 Jun 09
Hi Karen...I learned to cook at a very young age because back when I was growing up that was what was expected from any young lady that had any intention of getting married one day. My mom taught me and I was able to do just about anything she could do by the time I was 11 or 12. Kids now a days are taught how to use the microwave and that is how most of their meals are made. I have so many disagreements with my grandaughter who just turned 14 about how things were when I was growing up and all that was expected of us and she seems to have no interest in learning any household chores at all. I told her I hope when she gets out on her own she has a job that pays enough for her to have a maid or she finds a husband that knows how to cook if not I don't know what she will do. flutterby
• United States
12 Jun 09
I was also raised in a time where one knew many things about running a household at a young age. For those who don't wish to do that today, they may have a much harder time once they are grown and on their own!
• United States
10 Jun 09
I learn at 13 I guess not sure about thatmi first meal done by myself was at 16 I think ..my aunt.. was amazing at cooking.. and my grandma.. help me also.. my family are from the old school.. in which they teach girls to cook , clean the house , different tasks..to become a good woman..
• United States
10 Jun 09
I learned many household and other skills from my parents. There were eight children, and even the boys learned how to cook and the girls how to cut grass and use basic work tools. I am glad your family taught you things that will serve you well in life. Karen
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
10 Jun 09
When I was a little girl, around 8 or 9, I started baking cookies on my own. I followed recipes from the oatmeal container, etc. and had them waiting for my mother when she came home from work. Aside from that, I really learned to cook when I moved out and got married. I was 22 years old and I really didn't have much of a clue as to how to cook. My poor husband. But after 20 years I am a great cook now! Everyone loves my food and my husband always tells me that I should open up a restaurant as we would make lots of money and we would never go hungry! Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
• United States
10 Jun 09
What a sweet thing you did for your mom as a child. Trial and error and teaching yourself as you went was also creative. And...maybe you WILL someday open that restaurant : )) Karen
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
learning always starts from home, and same as you, it is mother who first taught me how to cook. and then mom, started a little business and that was where we were more trained. i also love experimenting using the cookbook. so far, so good. ann
• United States
8 Jun 09
It seems many of us learn how to cook from our moms. Your mom was wise to turn something she did well into a business : ) Enjoy experimenting as you use the cookbook. It can be a lot of fun! Karen
@divkris (1163)
• India
8 Jun 09
My first cooking lessons were ofcourse from my mother an di started to cook from the age of 11. It was more like my mother would give me the instruction and would simply follow them without saying a word. THen the next inspiration was my husband who loves to cook. He took me through many health and easy to cook recipes. My cooking has more of the north indian dash to the flavor where as my husband typically cooks south indian. So there is a good blend when cooking for the family. Then the world is my teach now - i still like to learn from the internet or cookbooks. When friends get in their lunch at office all of us share our foods and the recipes too :)
• United States
8 Jun 09
Cooking together is a good way to bond, whether with a parent, a spouse, a child, or a group of friends. You, like I, are blessed to have these experiences, and yes, the learning seems to last us a lifetime, which I see as a good thing. Thank you for responding : ) Karen
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
8 Jun 09
I learned at the age of 10 from my mother and the first thing I was taught was spaghetti sauce.
• United States
8 Jun 09
I think it creates a special bond when a parent teaches a child to cook, or do many other things. Spaghetti sauce is so versatile, so you mom picked a great place in her teaching you how to cook. : ) Karen