We are nearing the halfway point of this list of 30 ways to connect over food and we have hit my absolute favorite way to connect over food. Cooking is a tradition that is passed down from one person to another and the only way that happens is you have to teach someone to cook.
This isn’t exactly hosting a home ec class in your kitchen, though if you can pull that off please give it a go! Teaching someone to cook can be as easy as sharing a new recipe and as complicated as teaching a complete class from beginning to end.
Who taught you to cook?
Think back to who taught you to cook. For me, it is a long list and everyone on it has given me something different. If you view this on Instagram I will tag as many of them as possible.
- My grandparents — As early gourmands and lovers of Julia Child & James Beard you could say it all started here.
- my mom — not on Instagram so props are given only here. This is how most of us learn I think. She taught me how to measure, cut and some other basics. In classic mother-daughter fashion, we now disagree on topics such as basic knife skills. I think I am right since I use my skills from culinary school, but in her defense, I have cut my fingers more than she has. The fact is she has never cut her’s and I have two incidents that required stitches. I off course refer to these as a badge of honor.
- my dad — also not on Instagram. He not only taught me how to grill but if we are camping I can make you a gourmet meal on a backpacking stove. We don’t disagree on anything, but only because we both know the other person’s method, which might get the same result, isn’t as good as our own. We do agree that when cutting weight on before backpacking, the wine isn’t what you should leave behind.
- my brother — While he is younger than I am he has an ability to wing-it or adapt a recipe that I admire and try to make my own with varying success.
- My sister-in-laws — Apparently my mother-in-law and her mother were both amazing cooks. A long tradition of matriarchal Mexican women. My sister-in-laws have been very kind to share these recipes and stories with me so I can continue this amazing tradition.
- Chef Hawkins — I wouldn’t have the confidence to try a lot of baking recipes if I hadn’t been in her class at IVY Tech. I appreciated her help in breaking my perfection tendencies during cake decorating.
- Perin — My comrade in the kitchen. We taught each other to be brave and try new things. I know how to make homemade pasta, pizza dough, coq au vin and many other dishes because of her.
There are so many others and they will be tagged in my post. Share the image from this post on your Instagram or Facebook and tag with all the people who taught you how to cook.
Who have you taught to cook?