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Old 06-25-2006, 11:19 AM   #11
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Like most, at home. I loved cooking and eating from day one. Both my parents grew up in households where cooking was a duty and eating is what you did to fuel your body, so Dad bought Mom a cookbook when they first married. Being a military family, mom learned to cook from French, German, and Japanese women. She enjoyed it and passed it on to me.

How it affects my cooking today is rather funny. I have three younger sisters and grew up cooking for six. I have no children, but still tend to cook for six. It works for us ... I'm a pro at storing single servings of the food I cook for the fridge or freezer. But any time I am cooking, four people could show up and have a good dinner!!

The other is ironic. I grew up in a family where, when we would go to a restaurant, Daddy would just point to some dishes on a foreign menu and we'd eat whatever arrived, then find out what it was. Now Mom and Dad don't adventure very far in food, but I learned it from them. I still have a love of different spices and foods, even though they do not any more!

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Old 06-25-2006, 11:27 AM   #12
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To add a hint to those who are just learning, a subscription to a cooking magazine costs about half the shelf price. If you have a friend who is also interested, it is so much the better. A friend and I were both pretty accomplished cooks who had lived overseas, but we used to take recipes from Gourmet or our cookbooks (both of us had large collections) and have ethnic feasts. Now I have a shut-in friend who loves different foods and I have a couple of friends who look forward to the next ethnic feast. We just did north African/mideast. It started because I read to these friends, and they'd never had Indian food before, and I was reading them a book about India. So we did that. Now it is a tradition

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Old 06-25-2006, 12:00 PM   #13
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Definetely from my mom and she had the ultimate teacher........my grandma. Plus, as a teenage, mom spent times in and out of the hospital during this time so it was up to me to put the meals on the table. Once I got out on my own I really got to try out all different sorts of recipes. Cooking for me is thearaputic.........it truely relaxes me. I love to see the look on my families faces as they enjoy the food.
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Old 06-25-2006, 12:04 PM   #14
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My interest in cooking came from my interest in eating regularly and from my dad who was a chef.

I actually learned how to cook later in life by watching TV cooking shows and reading, followed by food forums.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
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Old 06-25-2006, 12:58 PM   #15
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Neither of us has and we are still learning.

We both, Mr. and Mrs Auntdot, just sort of grew up cooking.

Neither of our moms were particularly talented cooks, although they could both put out a credible meal.

But neither one particularly liked it.

And for reasons beyond both of our control, there came a time when we had to learn to put a meal on the table.

Then we got married and we both love food and cooking. If there is anything that we can say is a hobby it is cooking.

We have learned the little we know tharough books, TV, and the web, with the kindness of all of you.

Not an exciting tale, but thanks to y'all great folks on DC.
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Old 06-25-2006, 01:56 PM   #16
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Andy brings up the source of motivation.
Originally Posted by Andy M.
My interest in cooking came from my interest in eating regularly...
Mine stems from the same source but the urgency is intensified by the certain knowledge that no one else is going to cook for me.
"'Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." - Michael Pollan

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Old 06-25-2006, 02:06 PM   #17
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I learned some things by watching my mother cook. She only cooked home style foods (chicken, pot roasts, etc), so much of what I have learned was self taught by cookbooks, watching cooking shows, and eventually food forums.
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Old 06-25-2006, 03:38 PM   #18
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I love cooking and I to follow under andy`s quote. My mother taught me
and after I grew up this girlfriend I had, she traveled in the military as a
housewife. she collected alot of recipes from all over. and with her
experences and the raising my mother gave me. she taught me how to can.
and i still love it today. I am also in the process of making a family cookbook.
one other thing that my mother taught me was to make a pot of soup
out of all the leftovers each week. we called the refrigerator soup.
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Old 06-25-2006, 05:41 PM   #19
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My mom and dad both had recipes that were favorites of mine. They both seemed to enjoy cooking and both had dishes that I remember well and try to mimic. Since the onset of Food Network, I think that has helped me to fashion my craft and then lastly, but not least, the DC forum.

I am a self taught cook and continue to learn and expand on what I have learned by trying new ingredients and techniques.

Cooking is a passion for me and one of the things that I enjoy to do and often look forward to doing.

No professional training... just gut instinct and intuition. Sometimes it is great, other times it is a "what the heck was I thinking" scenario.

Great thread... thanks for asking!
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Old 06-25-2006, 07:47 PM   #20
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My freshman year after college, I was at home watching TV one day and there was an infomercial on this local tourist channel which featured many local restaurants, both with fine and casual dining. The infomercial was about 20-30 minutes long and every time I watched TV, I would flip back to that channel to see if they were playing it. It fascinated me because that was the first time that I really realized how much you could do with food, beit creation, innovation, and flavor. I wanted to learn how to make "Blackened Tuna with a Soy-Mustard Butter Sauce (Roy Yamaguchi)" or a "Ti Leaf Steamed Crimson Snapper (Onaga) with a Seaweed and Tomato Sauce (George Mavro)". Later that year, our cable company started showing FoodTV and I would always watch the Essence of Emeril, Molto Mario, Chef du Jour, etc. and I was able to learn more and more. That's pretty much when I decided that I wanted to be a chef. It's funny because some basic things that I learned from those shows stick with me till this day.

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