How did you learn to cook?

@manvik (940)
Hungary
September 16, 2009 4:26pm CST
I learnt myself.When I was a University Student I tried to cook but the taste was awful.While I was studying I also did a part time job in a restaurant and from there I studied how to cook tasty foods. Now I consider myself as a better cook because my girlfriend loves my cooked food.Atleast a person appreciates my cooking skill:).How did you learn to cook?
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• China
17 Sep 09
As a child,i had already learned how to cook eggs.These years i have learned how to cook different dishes.After seeing other's cooking and some cooking programs,i got to cook myself.Cooking is easy to learn.But to do delicious dishes is difficult.
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17 Sep 09
I was about five years old and extremely adventurous. I pulled a chair up to the stove, turned it on, and fried some eggs for my mom on mothers day. I even managed to cook them right. A year earlier though I put my hand into a boiling pot of water to grab a hard boiled egg. I still remember, it really hurt and I was stupid...
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@BStuff (498)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I grew up watching my mother and grandmother cook then when I moved out on my own I started making things on my own without receipes. Let me tell you they were bland and not the best but I didnt give up and began looking at recpies but never following them. Now I can take any popular meal and make it with a healthy twist added. I love cooking. I use to cook a lot more but now I live back with my parents so my mom cooks a lot. I think cooking is a learned skill that takes time and practice. I also love to bake. I make the best home made from scratch apple pie ever.
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• China
18 Sep 09
long time, i havent cooked any more. cause i live alone outside, far away from my home. when i was a child in the countryside, i helped cook for the family. but i know i'll learn cooking when i get married. hehe...i think i'll learn it from my parents, books, online, friends, and so on.
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
18 Sep 09
Hi, yolanda19191 Thanks for your reply.I wish you will find a man who loves to cook:)
• China
19 Sep 09
but i'm expecting that u can introduce someone who can cook well to me.
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
19 Sep 09
Hi, yolanda19191 Wow!!!! but do not worry I can see that you will find someone special who cooks very very tasty food.:)
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I first learned how to cook when I was big enough to kneel at the kitchen table and help my Mom prepare dinner. I am the youngest of 6 and I was the only one that did this with my mother. She was a great cook and never afraid to try something new. She also loved to have theme dinners for our family and many times she would entertain and have dinner parties. I would also help her with these through out my childhood and teenhood. My favorite was when she was going to have an Oriental dinner and we made egg rolls, dumplings, pork fried rice and many other great items. we even decorated the house with home made paper lanterns. She taught me so much and I now have great memories and when my family comes to visit and I cook for them, they can remember when our Mom made that too. What you have learned and what you will still learn in your kitchen, make sure you pass it down if or when you have children of your own. It gives you a better bond with your child and builds a lifetime of memories. I am now teaching my 13 year old niece how to cook and bake from scratch. (No cans or boxes required) I almost did not respond to your discussion. You started it 14 hours ago and you have already given out the best response, that is not fair to other mylotters nor is that good practice. You should give at least a few days to give other mylotters a chance to respond and a chance to be honored with the best response..
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@jsitko (1169)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I also see that you do not comment on your responses that you get. It is called a discussion and that requires a two way conversation between you and us. It shows a little disrespect when you do not get involved in your own discussion when we take the time to respond. You take the fun out of it.
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
17 Sep 09
Hi, jsitko Thanks for the comment. I am absolutely sorry for that.I did not know that this thread would get tremendous responses from members.From now on I will wait at least a week before I choose best response.Most of my threads receive very few responses.Thanks again for your valuable comment.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Thank you for your response and I hope you get more responses on future discussion. Many times I wait a week or more as more responses come in. It helps to get more responses if I wait to pass the award of best response. Just my opinion and a tip.
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@dramaqn (1990)
• United States
17 Sep 09
My mother taught me to cook. First I learned how to make cinnamon toast, I was 3 or 4. Then I learned to make scrambled eggs, around 5 or 6. Then I learned how to make french toast around 9. And all the while in between I helped with the stirring, mixing, chopping, and taste testing during the holidays.
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@dramaqn (1990)
• United States
17 Sep 09
tasty toast - Over done toast... someone really does eat this
Oh, but did I mention I don't like to cook for others. The reason being, I like some of my foods well done. I CAN cook for others and make it look presentable and taste phenominal, but only when I absolutely have to.
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
18 Sep 09
Hi, dramaqn Thanks for your response.I love toasts but you don't like to make for others:).
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I learned some from watching my granma cooking. When i moved out on my own. I didnt know much. I bought a Betty Crocker cook book. I learned much from that. I still collect cookbook and recipes. Im buildong a cookbook on CD that i call the Neverending Cookbook. Because im always adding more recipes to it. I add recipes that dont have 101 ingredients.
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
17 Sep 09
Hi, jdyrj777 Thanks for the response.When are you going to release your CD?:)
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Well, i dont know that it ever will be released. Sorry. Because it never ends, im always adding to it. Its more for personal use.
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• Philippines
17 Sep 09
Eversince i don't know how to cook everything. But everytime that my husband cook, i learn to him how to prepare the engredients. He teach me how to cook tastier. Some other tips is to watching the tv, reading magazines and to look the recipe.
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
17 Sep 09
Hi, melanie_abayle Thanks for the reply.Of course husbands are best cook in the world.I think you have got a wonderful husband and also your are the luckiest person:).
• Philippines
19 Sep 09
Yes that's true, my husband is the blessing for me. They know more about in the house. Other than cook he know how to housekeeping.
@jen14ed (868)
• Philippines
19 Sep 09
hi marvik I'm not learn to cook, my mom not teach me how to cook!
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
19 Sep 09
Hi, jen14ed Thanks for your reply.I started to cook from myself and you should start cooking.If youlove to cook the rest will be fine.:)
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Well my mom helped teach me and I took classes like culinary arts and home ec in school. I also had an interest for cooking naturally because it's something fun to do and you can make up your own recipes and things like that. I also enjoy cooking with my girlfriend because it helps us to eat healthy and good food.
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
17 Sep 09
Hi, Jambi462 Thanks for your comment.I think moms are real chefs who can teach how to cook with love and care.:)
@maryihla (104)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I wish I could say I learned to cook from my mother, but I didn't. My grandmother was an excellent cook, but my mother was stuck on just a few recipes that she cooked over and over. I hated green beans when I was a kid because the only way I'd ever eaten then was in butter and milk -- not even creamed. I actually learned to cook while I was in college. I lived in a house with three other girls, and we cooked regular meals for all of us each day. One of the girls, Karen, was an excellent cook, and I learned so much from her about homestyle cooking. We even managed to pay for our food by charging a bunch of fraternity boys to eat with us.
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
17 Sep 09
Hi, maryihla Thanks for your comment.When I was a kid I also hated beans and also cabbage.Did the boys enjoyed the food?:)Thanks again.
@Tantrums (949)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
Self studied or self learnt cooking... I search the net for references as well... So far, most of the people who tasted my cooking liked what they've eaten!!
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
17 Sep 09
Hi, Tantrums Thanks for your valuable comment.:)
• China
17 Sep 09
I have almost the same experience with you, but up to now, I am still not good at cooking tasty food very well. I learn cooking from books, videos, and my parents. I'm 20 years old now, perhaps delicious food will be produced soon in recent time, because after this year, i will go to the UK for further education. I'm afraid awful food that cooked by me would not keep me living a long time there. Fighting......
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
17 Sep 09
Hi, Alberta90 Thanks for the response and also welcome to mylot community.If you enjoy cooking the taste will come from itself.Whenever you cook just enjoy:).
• Hong Kong
17 Sep 09
i learnt how to properly cook at school under guidance. I was terrible at it though. After that, when i was 13 my mom taught me how to do the basics, you know frying veggies, baking fish etc..
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@manvik (940)
• Hungary
17 Sep 09
hi, thecow54312 Thanks for the response.I am very hungry now because you mentioned about baking fish and fish is my favourite.:)
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
24 Sep 09
My mother made an effort to teach my brother and I how to cook. When we were pretty young we would take kiddie cooking classes. Once we got to junior high or so we were each in charge or making one meal a week for our family. We had to plan out the menu so my mom could buy the stuff at the store and make it on the assigned day. It was good to get the practice before being old enough to have to fend for myself.
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@veronizm (909)
• Philippines
23 Sep 09
Hi manvik! Since I was a child I always loved cooking :) My parents would even scold me for always tailing them around in the kitchen when they prepare our lunch/dinner, lol. My father is the best cook in my life thus he was kind of my influence and inspiration when it comes to cooking. I must say I learned cooking from him :) Before when I was younger I used to volunteer to cook our dinner and ask him to guide me and give me some tips. I guess that's how I learned how to cook viands. Then, during our highschool days, we have a culinary arts subject where I got to learn how to bake cakes and cookies :) Now, I am proud to say that my cooking has improved over the years as I am now the one who cooks our dinner everyday ;)
@babyjesus (277)
22 Sep 09
When i was about 7 or 8 years old, i ve been a good observer to see how my mom, aunt or grandma cook and from there i learned a lot. I experiment once in a while and read a lot of recipe books. There was no internet yet only television, books and radio. I think i learn easily and can apply them immediately. I can compare myself to my sisters because they prefer my cooking than theirs.
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@jules67 (2790)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
I love cooking. I learned how to cook by just watching cooking shows. I find it relaxing when I watch them. I love Kylie Kwong, Curtis Stone. I find their recipes refreshing.
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@drakkar (50)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
Ive learned cooking not from school or some cooking facility. Ive learned cooking all by myself, a bit of reading those cooking books. The most important thing in cooking is to enjoy it, coz even if your are good in cooking you simply cant offer a good taste when you're not feeling good. Cooking in the heart offers a good results.
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Hi Manvik. I first began to learn how to cook at home from my mom, and then in 7th grade, we had to take a home-economics class, and I learned a lot there, too. The rest is from recipe books and experimenting on my own! I enjoy cooking and have become really good at it through the years Karen
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