How did you learn how to cook?

Nazaress Nazaress
I grew up with uninvolved parents who worked a lot and left us home alone. As such, I'm 22 now and I've never learned how to cook (My points was my parents never taught me). I don't have a job but my boyfriend does. I do what I can to help out but I just cannot cook! I don't even know where to start! He's began teaching me and I know how to make a few things now. I was wondering how everyone else learned to cook. Was it easy for you or did it take you some time?
02/02/2012
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NicNat NicNat
Ive been cooking since I was like 10. I started out halping my parents when they cooked, by the time I was 12 I already knew how to cook. If I don't know how to cook something I'll just follow the instrustion on the box, or look up a resicepe online.. Its really not that hard.
02/02/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
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Originally posted by Nazaress
I grew up with uninvolved parents who worked a lot and left us home alone. As such, I'm 22 now and I've never learned how to cook (My points was my parents never taught me). I don't have a job but my boyfriend does. I do what I can to ... More
I have learned to cook from my mother and brother quite a bit. Most mostly due to my own experience of teaching myself how to cook and watching cooking shows! Cooking shows help me to learn different techniques and such, also following recipes introduce me to new styles. I have often just thrown random stuff together in my own weird way and often that tastes good. I think I have a natural talent for cooking, but nothing on a professional level.
02/02/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
I watched my parents; I had a love for chemistry (which is like cooking, only with chemicals); and when living on your own: I got a cookbook and followed the instructions!!! I think MEN are the greatest cooks in the world!!!
02/02/2012
RonLee RonLee
Trial and error.
I'm not a very good cook, so I try and keep it simple. Eggs, fried rice, pressure cooker stew, grilled cheese or my best just opening a can.
02/02/2012
interestingstuff interestingstuff
My mom has been teaching me for the past couple of years. At first I was nervous, sometimes over cooking or under cooking. But with practice it gets a lot easier.
02/02/2012
sexiskewt sexiskewt
It's not really a matter of learning, just follow recipes. If you cook following recipes for a few months you'll eventually have a sense of how to throw things together on your own. I watched a lot of cooking shows growing up as well so I understood how to chop different foods, that's basically the hardest part.
02/02/2012
Elnoa Elnoa
Necessity. I had to learn so that I could eat, lol.
02/03/2012
eeep eeep
I had a similar situation, my grandma taught me to bake cookies at christmas time over the years, but aside from that I had to figure things out myself. Was a lot of heating up canned goods or frozen dinners when I was a kid. That and mac n cheese. Eventually I got around to learning, and am still in the process. A lot of experimenting, reading recipes, and giving myself food poisoning once...That sucked, but I learned from it. Online videos help a lot, that way you can see what they are doing.
02/03/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Mostly my mother and home economics class back in high school taught me the basics, from there I learn things I need to know online or on t.v.
It takes some trial and error with recipes to find a version that I really like sometimes but it's worth it.
02/03/2012
Girly Girl Girly Girl
i get recipes from the internet but cooking it's a fun activity you do ,,, so it's very nice
02/03/2012
Shellz31 Shellz31
I learnt at a young age (7 - 8 yrs old) from my mum on how to cook.
02/03/2012
wdanas wdanas
I learned by helping my mother from a young age. When I wanted to start cooking by myself, she put a stack of cookbooks in front of me and told me to pick a few out to try. She supervised me during those first attempts and then left me to it.

These days I can whip up meals just by looking at what ingredients I have in the pantry, but I still follow recipes for new foods or for something that I want to be sure I get perfect. It can be a bit of trial and error in the beginning, but find a few basic recipes of things you'd enjoy and give it a try. Most of us are not eating fancy lavish dinners every night, so as long as it's relatively healthy and something that tastes good you'll be fine.

You can branch out from there once you've gained confidence.
02/03/2012
Ansley Ansley
I taught myself how to cook at an early age. My dad was really into it and I always wanted to impress him with ideas when I would visit him.

And I just carried it with me through the years. It's mostly trial and error. Try to make things you know you like, don't start with recipes for foods that are unfamiliar to you and make sure you have good tools to work with.

It's my opinion that an experienced cook can work with low-quality cookware but a novice will find pitfall after pitfall while using them. Spend the money up front to save the frustration later on. There are a ton of websites that list the must-haves for a "good" kitchen.

And if you mess it up, it's not a big deal. You'll learn what not to do as you go along. It sometimes takes several tries to get something just the way you like it. Turning it into a game can also work out in your favor. Things like using the least amount of utensils and prep dishes or cutting your prep time down each time you make the recipe can make it a lot more fun.
02/03/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
A combination of my mom teaching me and trial and error. I got a lot of the basics from my mom and experiment on my own from time to time.
02/03/2012
GravyCakes GravyCakes
my mom taught me a lot about cooking. whenever i go home, now, i try to cook at least one meal w/ my mom. i wasn't great at it at 1st, but my mom helped me pick out easy recipes to begin w/. i'm a fairly decent cook, now. i think i could be a lot better if i had the money to do it. but it just takes practice.
02/04/2012
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
I used to watch my mom and help. I was taught by her and my grandma, plus I experimented on my own.

I was shocked in high school when I found out a friend didn't know how to make an omelet and had never cooked an egg at all! Then I found out that her mother wouldn't let her in the kitchen other than to make chocolate chip cookies, which they did together. That was a strange household, so I won't go into it, but even when her mom wasn't home, she followed "the rules" and didn't ever use the kitchen!
06/29/2013
LoveBug721 LoveBug721
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Originally posted by Nazaress
I grew up with uninvolved parents who worked a lot and left us home alone. As such, I'm 22 now and I've never learned how to cook (My points was my parents never taught me). I don't have a job but my boyfriend does. I do what I can to ... More
my mom and dad, slow to catch on
08/02/2013
wicked48 wicked48
My mom would leave me directions on make supper so that it would be ready when my parents got home from work. I was also willing to try new recipes and see what happened.
08/02/2013
lalalalove lalalalove
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Originally posted by Nazaress
I grew up with uninvolved parents who worked a lot and left us home alone. As such, I'm 22 now and I've never learned how to cook (My points was my parents never taught me). I don't have a job but my boyfriend does. I do what I can to ... More
I learned from watching my mom, and other family members. As well as tons of hours watching Food Network. Youtube is helpful sometimes too!
08/03/2013
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