I was chatting with a neighbor who shared how she didn’t learn to cook till college. She had to learn on her own. Here in NYC, it is possible to survive and eat well without learning to cook. But it’ll cost you. Take out, delivery, private chef are all standard options in New York. Private chef may be standard for only for a small 1% of us. To that small percentage of people I’d like to say “I’ll cook for you!”
Think back on your childhood. Did you learn how to cook? Who taught you? What did your family do instead of cooking? How did that affect you?
Can you cook now? Do you cook now? Are you comfortable in the kitchen?
Learning how to cook was a gift that I took for granted. Until I talked to more people in college and beyond, I assumed that most people could do some basic cooking. Boiling, sauteing, cutting vegetables. Stuff like that. I also assumed that most Americans went to college. (That percentage just went up slightly, yay! But still less than half.) It’s because I’m Asian American and grew up middle class that I made both assumptions.
Let’s get back to basics. My mom forced me to help her in the kitchen. I'm assuming that’s the only reason people have kids? She got me started with simple tasks. I remember being asked to wash and cut cilantro for the first time. Simple, right? Yes and no. I got the washing right away. But I had questions about the stems. Do I cut that too? Is it only the leaves? The right answer: Whatever she wants.
Without someone to guide you, it’s hard to learn a new skill. Especially a new skill that involves knives, open flame and sometimes blood. (Hopefully, not your blood.) Thankfully, we have access to YouTube. Here are 5 Basics for the kitchen by Gordon Ramsey. Please remember that he’s done everything in the video thousands of times. That’s the only reason it looks perfect. If you cut a thousand onions, you would be a master at chopping just like Ramsey.
Let's talk in the comment section below:
Did you learn how to cook?
Who taught you?
What did your family do instead of cooking?
How did that affect you?
Can you cook now?
Do you cook now?
Are you comfortable in the kitchen?