my Parents and Grandpa taught me some, but i learned so much of what i know on my own. Pap taught me how to cook w/out measuring and my Dad taught me to love foods of all sorts. one night we'd have beef and gravy and the next, lobsters, and then another we'd go out to eat, so i was exposed to many foods early on. hot peppers, pig's feet, blind robbins (those are fish), sardines, all by the time i'd started kidnergarton. i still don't like those pig's feet.
i had my first 4 cookbooks by the time i was 7 or 8 and was already in the kitchen creating my own recipes. my Parents just let me go in the kitchen, and i am so glad they did. i was a little kitchen queen by 9, and by 11 as adept with the hot oil and appliances and utensils ('cept for the knives- i just learned how to use a knife properly and wasn't so good at chopping as a kid) as any adult. i used to love to make fudge, lollipops, tempura, cakes, lemonade and fried eggs and potatoes. i fervently looked forward to when i could watch 'great chefs'.
i was born to be in the kitchen, i think.