When Did You Learn To Cook?

United States
January 9, 2007 9:57pm CST
Once I got married all of my friends and family were shocked that I knew how to cook so well. I helped my Mom in the kitchen growing up, but I never cooked my own meals. I guess I just picked everything up from her. It also helped that she made a cookbook of all her favorite recipes when I got married. It was the best gift I have ever recieved. I use it all the time. When did you learn to cook?
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• Philippines
10 Jan 07
When i am elementary students!...I only know how to cook is the rice!..I dont know how to cok food!..It is very difficult!...
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@vijethk (105)
• India
10 Jan 07
how to cook rice?
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@kou7hik (243)
• India
10 Jan 07
u need a cooker where u keep one vessel of rice on top of water .. the cooker will warn u when the rice is cooked.. so that u can turn it off and avoid over cooking.. I guess this is right... not sure about it..
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• United States
10 Jan 07
i will teach you how to cook rice.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
10 Jan 07
I am still waiting... Nothing I cook ever comes out right, I hate cooking it must be nice to be able to do a lovely meal and have people enjoy and appreciate your effort...
• United States
10 Jan 07
My very first meal no one ate. I used ajax to clean the chicken and it stayed on some how. We still laugh till this day.
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@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
10 Jan 07
It seems I have been cooking all my life. My mom worked nights and I did most of the cooking. She slept during the day. I would make dinner and then wake her up. My sister and I had to wash the dishes and clean up the kitchen, my mom let us make anything we wanted. She had a big cookbook and my sister and I would try everything.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I learned to cook as a child. I was from a large family. By the time I was 9 years old, I could cook a complete meal alone, on a wood cookstove. I love to cook. If I find a recipe that I think will be good, I tweak it and make it mine. I taught both our daughters to cook at an early age also. Today, they are wonderful cook.
10 Jan 07
i cant remember a time when i dident know how to cook my mum showed me and my 3 brothers how to cook as soon as we could reach the pans she dident like the idea of men expecting the wifes to cook and clean
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Jan 07
who said i have, i am still learning my friend. cooking is a constant learning process for me and having learnt the elementary from my mom-in-law, who is a great cook herself, i am still learning day in and day out. it's like learning any other thing, doesn't come to an end. we grow, we learn and we learn to cook more efficienctly and more dexterously. my mom is a great cook and never tastes her dishes bfore being served. i wonder how can she do it. she says, cooking requires good knowledge of chemistry, the appropriate ingredients for appropriate time and you are right there. cooking is fun and discovering new food stuff and working on my recipes and experimenting with other cuisine is a great art. thanx
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
10 Jan 07
..... - cooking
cooking is chemistry and fun
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• Philippines
10 Jan 07
Same here. My mother was the one who made sure that I learn how to cook. So, anybody who asks if I can cook, I tell them that. They'll automatically say that now I can marry anybody I like.
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• Philippines
10 Jan 07
Yup that's what old folks try to say... :)
@enigma_85 (111)
• Australia
10 Jan 07
I can say that I learned cooking from my mother to some extent.She was a very good cook and I think now this ability has passed on to me. I spent three years of my life living in hostel from where I learnt maximum part of cooking as I used to experiment on different dishes.
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• Philippines
10 Jan 07
Wow that so cool! I wish I would have the patience to cook meals. I just do not like the heat it gives off. :-)
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@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
10 Jan 07
My grandmother started teaching me when I was 6, or 7. Those are some of my greatest memories. I remember making cakes with her the most. Awww, I miss my grandmother. I've been cooking ever since then (with some supervision of course). By the time I was 12 I was fixing the family meals all by myself atleast 5 days a week. I don't like cooking very much now. lol It's just not as fun as it used to be.
• United States
10 Jan 07
That is a sweet story! I love how cooking is such a family thing and recipes are passed down. No matter how many new easy meals hit the shelves nothing can compare to those family recipes. Sorry to hear you don't enjoy cooking as much any more.
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@yoleis27 (557)
• Israel
11 Jan 07
I learned to cook by myself.. I just searched the net for recipes and tried them out, and then discovered that im pretty good at it XD But I learned cookind only few month ago when I was 18 so it was pretty late I guess :) I was just not interested in it until then.
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@bonnibp (103)
• United States
11 Jan 07
I learned to cook at 9 years old. I'm South American and being from mixed decent as a child of Dutch and Amerindian parents I learned how to make certain meals, pastries and bakes as a child. When I got older I got beter at making them and then learned to perfect baked chicken, turkey, ham, and I can make anything you see in a fancy restaurant. My boyfriend is a NCAA player and loves the cooking. Thanks to my mommy for making him the secret cake. She hasn't told me the recepie but when I'm 30 she'll tell him...so she says.
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• India
11 Jan 07
dear i learn cooking in exactly the same you did. i also use to help muma and my elder sister in cooking.
• India
10 Jan 07
I learnt to cook at a very young age of 8 yrs. Thanks to my mom's culinary genes which i inherited from her. She is a wonder cook ! She can just cook anything she tastes ! As my mom is a working lady i used to be with my grandma who too is a great cook. My grandma had travelled the whole of India and she knew most of the Indian cuisine. Seeing my interest in kitchen she taught me the spices and sugars. She helped me explore the kitchen on my own. My parents were always supportive of what i prepared, no matter how it turned out. Gradually as i grew up i turned for help to some good recipe books. They helped me a lot in good cooking as well as tips. By the time i was in college i could cook a whole meal.
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• India
10 Jan 07
See Cooking is a really big goods gift to man.That too if u cook really tasty its a great gods gift.A human who is born in this earth survive for mainly three thinks FOOD,Water,And Shelter with out shelter we can live but without food and water it is higly impossible to survive.So Even i am happy that i too cook well becoz of my mother who taught me how to cook food or boil a rice.But now it helps me a lot and add credits to my name.
• India
10 Jan 07
I don't know to cook now also, even don't know to make a tea.... But I know to make an omlet and a bulls - eye. Friends, Isn't it a big work??? Hahaha
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• Singapore
10 Jan 07
If I'm not wrong when I was in the 5th year of primary school. It was very interesting at that time. Learning how to cook is very nice. Especially when we hear people say that dish that we make is very good taste.
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@19862004 (431)
• India
10 Jan 07
i learn to cook the necessary food items when i was a school boy since i have been alone in my home for a long times then.............
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@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
10 Jan 07
I have learned cooking from my parents I use to watched them cooking so even I was a child I know already some of the ingridients of a meal. I already know how to cook well when I already have a job.
• United States
10 Jan 07
My Mom started teaching me to cook meals at age 7. She worked and by age 9 I was starting the family meals before she got home from work. Sometimes I would do it all if she was late. I never remember not doing it. I did it right up until I moved out on my own. I use to bake alot with my Grandmom and she taught me baking. So I have been cooking for my family, myself and now my family for over 40 years. Wonder how many meals that would be? LOL
@JashleyB (1441)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I started at around 15 maybe. Been cooking ever since. Even came up with a few of my own recipes. I love cooking.
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