Cooking to me is a passion I get excited about, especially when I have an idea on what to make or find a recipe online or elsewhere that spurs me on. My journey thus begins with shopping and prepping. When the final destination is at hand it ends at the cooked meal or baked dish. This is what inspires me the most when I’m cooking. You could say it is the process that’s most fulfilling. I’ll share with you how I began cooking and why, plus the TV chefs who’ve helped me immensely along the way.
At Home & Home Economics Class
My parents rarely, if ever, took us kids out to eat when I was growing up. Many of my friends always went out to eat at restaurants or fast foods. I thought they were lucky. As it turned out my mom always cooked the meals. This is what interested me in cooking as a child.
Eventually my interest grew even further when I was in middle school. I began taking Home Economics classes. I absolutely loved that we could make a meal for our grades. It was a lot of fun taking field trips to various factories and other food related places. When I graduated from high school I rarely cooked at home for years. Mostly it was take out meals or frozen foods to heat up.
My Reasons for Home Cooking
It got to the point it was getting too costly to eat out or buy frozen meals to heat up. I was actually sick and tired of it. That is when I decided to cook all of my meals. It’s been that way ever since. Whenever I come up with an idea on what to make I get excited with the planning, shopping, prepping, cooking and the finished result itself.
Also, I would be even more inspired when I ran across a unique recipe online or see it on TV or in a magazine. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about going to a drive-thru window for my meal. It was starting to show on my hips and something had to be done about it. There are many people who do not know how to cook at all. I wonder how they do it.
Those Who Inspire Me to Cook
In recent years I’ve discovered the Food Network cable channel and some excellent shows that address my needs and favorite type of food, Italian. Also, I rented a wonderful DVD about the lady who started all of these cooking shows. If it wasn’t for her we wouldn’t have all these other current cooking shows, chefs and ethnic cuisines to make ourselves at home. These are the ones who inspire me to be a better cook:
Rachel Ray – She’s loud with over-the-top facial expressions that I can only handle in small doses, but Rachel Ray has a whole lot of great ideas she shares on her show “30 Minute Meals.” Whenever I watch this show I truly get more inspired than ever before. Unfortunately I don’t get to watch it as much, but when I do it is entertaining and educational.
Giada De Laurentis – Talk about an opposite of Rachel Ray. Giada De Laurentis is attractive, sweet, soft spoken and extremely knowledgeable. I love the kitchen she works from. It looks like it’s from her home and not a set design like the one in “30 Minute Meals.” Italian food is my absolute favorite to cook and especially eat. Her follow-along recipes are very easy. She shares a lot about the diversity of Italian cooking and some of its culture too. Her show “Everyday Italian” is a fascinating one to watch.
Julia Child – If it wasn’t for her, cooking shows today would probably be difficult or non-existent. She is the one who started it all. A few months back I rented the DVD “Julie and Julia”. What a great movie about cooking, French cuisine and Julia Child. Of course I had heard of her show on PBS when I was a kid. They seemed too intimidating to me back then. Julia Child never interested me whatsoever until I saw the film that starred Meryl Streep. Now Julia is one of my greatest cooking inspirations.
There you have it. Basically, this is all that inspires me or gets me more motivated than ever with cooking. It gives me new experiences in watching television, shopping, planning and setting goals. I don’t know what I’d do without it.
Marilyn French, “Finding Cooking Inspiration”, Associated Content from Yahoo!