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Old 01-12-2011, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Lowell, MA
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When it comes to food, I am a purist at heart. My philosophy is that I want the food to taste like THE FOOD. This is especially true of meat. Meat has a wonderful flavor and I do not want it altered with spices. I swear if I have ONE MORE cut of lamb that some idiot has smothered with Rosemary, I am not going to be responsible for my actions.

To answer your question... I learned to cook by following recipes in books. I also took a Home Economics course when I was in high school which helped me understand the basics and how to read a recipe. I wish that high schools and colleges still offered Home Economics courses (which is NOT the same as "family and consumer sciences").

20yrsinBranson
Me too 20yrsinBranson,

I also want my meat to taste like meat and nothing else also!!!
I'm a plain eater and not up on trying new spicy flavors.

I learned to cook when I was 8 years old from my mother, and both my grandmothers..even though I don't like spicy flavors, doesn't mean I can't cook them. I make awesome food that everyone likes to their surprise!!!!

Take your time, like others have said, read some cookbooks, watch the cooking channel, take some classes and open yourself up to a world of such flavors that you'll be anticipating preparing them for others!!!!

Best of luck in your future cooking endeavors.
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Watching my family cook.
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:15 AM
 
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Watching Rick Bayless shows.
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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When I got a microwave and George Foreman Grill everything fell into place.
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:50 AM
 
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Trial and error.
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Experimenting, mom, grandmothers, reading, and taking a Chinese cookery class.

I was also a firehouse chef for 27 years. I learned a lot doing that, as you do NOT want to irritate your fellow firemen, especially the ones with silver or gold bugles on their collar.
The best breakfast joint in this city is one that is run by a family of retired firefighters. They call it Cook Shack.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:52 AM
 
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i leaned from my mom and dad
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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I forgot to add my Mentor in the pizza/Italian restaurant I worked at for years. Vincent was an awesome man and a great teacher.
I grew to love and respect him in many ways, where ever he is now they are getting some damn good food in the afterlife..
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:43 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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How did everyone learn to cook??

My grandmother got me started stirring up the eggs to be scrambled when I was three. I don't remember not being able to read, I was following the recipe and making pancakes by the time I was 6.
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:31 PM
 
Location: John & Ken-ville
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My Maw taught me.

Maw's Grandmaw taught her.
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