I saw this on my Face Book feed. It was shared on one of my many food related FB pages with a question, “Do you agree?” Amazingly, this picture had a long thread of comments and almost 90% agreed with it. I wasn’t trying to stir things up when I commented “I disagree” but somehow I managed to. I guess that’s what you get when you go against the majority. Many cited the importance of a hands on learning experience to be the best sort of learning which I agree. But that isn’t what the picture above is saying.
I disagreed because despite my mother’s numerous attempts in equipping me with some cooking skills, I never learned much. It only made me want to run away each time she called me to learn the dish of the day because it always ended with a lot of bickering and her nagging. We called it a truce when she realised I wasn’t willing to be trained to become her sous chef. So she demoted me and I was made the food preparation worker. I was given routine and repetitive tasks under her direction. I was slicing and dicing vegetables, cleaning and cutting meats and seafood, and I was also cleaning the work areas equipment, utensils, dishes and silverware! I got the raw end of the deal.
I never saw the need or had the desire to learn cooking but all that changed after I became a mother. Nevertheless, I always had a keen interest in watching cook shows. My mom used to ridicule me watching these cook shows because it didn’t seem like I would ever cook but on a fine sunny day when I finally decided to cook, I could.
It wasn’t the best meal and it didn’t turn out as I expected but I had the basic skills and these skills I acquired from watching all my favourite cook shows, The Naked Chef was my most favourite then.
As I ventured deeper into this uncharted territory I did not feel handicapped because I did not learn from my mother. In today’s age, learning how to cook or any other skill is just at a click of a button. There are so many willing people who painstakingly prepare easy to follow, step by step videos and pictorial tutorial on how to prepare a meal. It’s brilliant because now Anyone Can Cook.
When cooking skills used to be passed down from generations to generations, only the women folk learned. It was considered unmacho for a man to learn how to cook. These days, you would find both women and men sweating it out in the kitchen preparing meals for their families. So yes, I still disagree with the statement in the picture.
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