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Old 08-08-2011, 03:20 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Anyone recommend any of these books? Haha.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Anyone?
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:30 AM
 
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I taught myself. My mom didn't like to cook although she was a very good cook and I have most of her excellent recipes.

I just started reading cookbooks. My first was The Peanuts Cookbook that I bought off the Scholastic book list at school in 4th grade.

If The Food Network or the internet was available then it would have helped! I used to go to the library to look up unfamilar ingredients, measurements and cooking terms.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:34 AM
 
Location: AZ
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From watching my mom, who is the best cook ever, and practicing ...
When I was 9, I made a big batch of cornbread (not the boxed kind), when I was home alone, just by reading the recipe ..
By the time I was 11, I was making pasta noodles from scratch..and even added spinach to make the green fettucine noodles..
I always cooked alone without help..
I guess cooking is the one thing that I am really good at lol
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:58 AM
 
Location: denison,tx
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Mom was the cook in my house growing up...however she knew nothing about baking
She would make my brother and me help her in the kitchen so we could learn how to
cook for ourselves for when we were grown and on our own.

I was also in 4-H from age 5-6 til I turned 17 and joined the Army. That's where I learned my baking skills...so did my mom

I learned quantity cooking when I was in the Army...my MOS was as a cook/baker

I have worked in Food service all my life...at one time I dreamed of owning my own
food related business, be it a restaurant or bakery...

Even took a food business related course at CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in Hyde Park, NY.

Last edited by leftmyheartintennessee; 11-29-2011 at 10:00 AM.. Reason: baking experience
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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My moms mom was the best cook ever, but she was so busy making ends meet by cooking for a girls school in Colorado Springs a century ago (almost) and raising 6 kids she never taught her girls to cook. My mom wasn't the worst in the world, but certainly would never win a cooking contest. On the other hand my dad was a great cook and his love for cooking was passed down to me. I think I knew my calling by the time I was 10 years old. I still use many of dad's recipes, after 60 years. He could cook anything from what he called a boiled dinner (tongue, brisket, stew, whatever) to a goumet meal using Mornay or hollandaise sause, or a prime rib that melted in your mouth. WE rarely had anything that was packaged and I still cook mostly from scratch, but I do cheat from time to time.

Nita
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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When I was married, the wife (X wife now) almost burned the house down boiling water. I've never seen anyone so inept. Anyway to keep myself and the kids from starving, I learned to cook. I'm darn good at it and really enjoy it.
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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When I was married, the wife (X wife now) almost burned the house down boiling water. I've never seen anyone so inept. Anyway to keep myself and the kids from starving, I learned to cook. I'm darn good at it and really enjoy it.
do ya cook Razorback type food or gourmet, maybe a little of both?
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:21 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I learned trial and error when my husband and I moved on our own at 17.. I then ended up going to culinary school to get a degree in it.. That helped
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:08 AM
 
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After many years attempting and cooking many odd foods
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