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Old 07-11-2006, 02:47 AM   #21
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I have always enjoyed cooking. Mom always had an amazing meal on the table for breakfast and dinner, and always packed a nutritious lunch for school. Grandma showed me her baking skills whenever I'd visit. Both of these women truly enjoyed cooking. Mom taught me things like "the more colors on your plate, the healthier!" and "it's just as important to make the food look good as it is to taste good". Grandma taught me that everything tastes better when it had sugar baked in.
Because of these important women, I couldn't wait to grow up and be...yes that word...a housewife! I think if anything, hobby or passion, is shown in your actions, your children will pick them up in time.
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Old 07-11-2006, 04:00 AM   #22
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Is it something cultural?
This what I'm thinking. I have always cooked. My cooking has changed as I have got older, when I was younger I cooked a lot of elaborate dishes, and I baked, now I am a little older and fatter, my cooking is of the quicker and healthier variety.

My mother always cooked, despite being a full time worker outside the home, and raising two beautiful daughters at the same time.

My grandmother also worked and cooked.

All my friends cook too.....or are fortunate enough to have wonderful husbands who cook.

Young women still cook, at least here in England, and in Australia.
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Old 07-11-2006, 06:22 AM   #23
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Everyone seems to busy today to be in the kitchen. Also depends on where ya live and how close ya are to fast foods and such. Also if the money is there to spend on junk foods. Family life has changed alot in the past several years. Not many families sit down together and eat anymore. Very few parents teach their kids to cook because they are busy making money to buy electronics for the kids.Kids are to busy playing with the electronics.It's a fast paced world out there today and not much time to cook I guess.
I alwayed worked and came home and cooked a full meal. Also kept the house clean and did laundry and raised horses so had barns to clean and critter mouths to feed too. Interest have changed alot for the younger folks I think. Why cook and have that mess to clean up in the kitchen when you can get fast food. EAt on the run.
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Old 07-11-2006, 07:22 AM   #24
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A few things here. I certainly didn't mean to be pointing fingers specifically at mothers are the reason their children do not cook.

I learned from my mother, but I also lived in a different world. We were in the military (career). In the 50-70s, the military was not highly paid (nor now, either). We didn't really have the money to go out often.

Back to my point. I was the oldest of four boys. Mom worked outside the home and was much involved with our education and school activities. I was told, "You want to eat, you learn to cook." I loved it. I loved it then and I love it now 30 years later. In high school we had a couple of 'progressive classes.' There was bachelor living which involved cooking and if a guy successfully completed that they were allow to take a home ec class. I was in heaven!

Check my profile; I cook for real. This personal chef/catering business I have isn't my primary bread and butter. I freelance at restaurants and THAT is my big money.

As for the "Is it cultural?" comment by Tartine. It most certainly is. I have lived in Europe for nine years and worked in/out for another four. Food, much like language, is an identity. Many folks, young and old, hold on to that. They are taught their ethnicity in the kitchen.

As for someone else's comment about men cooking in the south, yup, that's true. Primarily on the grill (what western and northerners call BBQs) or smokers.

So before I cause more hate and discontent, I'll opine that many Americans have just become lazy about cooking. We have restaurants that fill every niche of our culinary desires whether we are ethnically tied to them or not. We can obtain food 24 hours a day at grocery stores and until "2:00am or later" in drive throughs. For those who have children who are interested in cooking, turn them loose. Teach them the responsibilities associated, the fun derived and satisifaction gained.

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Old 07-11-2006, 07:23 AM   #25
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I am 20 years old and I have always liked cooking. My mom only cooked half the time maybe but my grandmas both cooked a lot. I think it is just a matter of a lack of the need to cook since you can go half a mile and get dinner in a bag for a couple of bucks.
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Old 07-11-2006, 07:46 AM   #26
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I learned to cook when I was growing up. Both my mother and grandmother were excellent cooks and always provided wonderful meals. We very rarely ate out when I was a child and even after I was married, it was a very unusual treat. I think one reason young ladies don't cook is that everyone wants something different to eat. It seems so many people, even in one family won't settle on a menu. I almost never left the menu to my kids (unless it was their birthday or a special occasion) and they eat everything. I do ask my grandson to make the menu sometimes (he is six) and he will come up with a very complete menu, but it is because his mother cooks a well rounded variety also. I see young families having 2 or 3 different entrees for their children, mostly hamburger, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets and there is nothing wrong with those foods except it shouldn't be the only foods they will eat and I don't think the kids should be catered to each meal. They need to learn variety and you can tell by the way some eat that they weren't taught that.

Another question: Why don't young men cook? Most of the time they have at least as much time as the young ladies? I agree that cooking together would solve the problem, but that doesn't usually happen.
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Old 07-11-2006, 07:53 AM   #27
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My son, who is 21, loves to try out new recipes. He's really a much better cook than me. My father-in-law is a wonderful cook. My mother-in-law is the frozen lasagna, casserole kind of cook.
I'm very happy my son is interested in cooking. I think everyone should at least know how to follow a recipe. I wonder if they even teach homemaking classes in school anymore? I took those classes for 4 years (mostly because they were easy--but I actually did learn to cook and sew in them.
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:11 AM   #28
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Shirley, I agree everyone should learn to cook a meal and follow a recipe. I made sure my kids knew how to do everything for themselves that needed to be done. While they were growing up, I taught them to cook, clean up behind themselves, take care of their clothes. My son made extra money in college ironing shirts for some of his buddies who didn't even know how to do their laundry. I thought parenting was teaching how to do things for themselves when we wouldn't be there and making them a whole person. Too bad that is a bit lacking these days.
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:16 AM   #29
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When I was in High School (I graduated 2003) they still had home ec. I took home ec and two cooking basics classes. I was in a club in middle school called the sugar shack, too, where we got together after school every day and made milk shakes, individual pizzas, nachos, easy stuff like that and we sold them and used the profits for a party at the end of the year.
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Though I am a bit of an oddball here with my own background, I think the way a child is brought up makes a big difference. About a generation before those prepackaged microwavable food and takeaway dinners became quite popular and wide spread, and to the children who have grown up with these items regularly, such food become a norm to them. Meal is more of a matter of convenience, rather than an enjoyment. On the other hand, I have personally known some children who have been involved in activities in the kitchen with their family growing up with much more enthusiasm and appreciation for creating their own tasty meals and picking up in general gusto for good food.
When they are taught that cooking can be a real creative adventure to express themselves, as well as the satisfaction of the delicious achievement, it carrys on to their adult life. And they would also learn it could be one of the sweetest pleasures in life, as Piccolina said...

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Now I'm blissfully married and I know that my husband dearly loves coming home to a freshly prepared meal made by his wife's loving hands. I feel a deep sense of happiness and fullfillment when I cook for my husband, my family or well, for anyone really because I just enjoy the act of cooking so very much
Well said, Jessica. Tony is one lucky husband!!
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