Cooking anyone?

MA Blogger: Brenda Bernstorf

Do you cook? Do you know how to cook? I’m not talking about five-star restaurant quality food – I’m talking good home cooking that you can serve your family and friends.

I always felt that I learned the best of southern cooking from my dad’s mother who lived with us and cooked during the week. My teacher mother cooked on the weekends and I learned her northeastern style and more adventurous regional cooking from her. Not everyone had grandmothers and mothers that cooked but the result is that I rarely use prepared food or box mixes.

I enjoyed the Netflix series based upon Michael Pollan’s book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. The chapter titles include: Why Cook, Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. I’ve also enjoyed books like Toussaint-Samat’s A History of Food, and Wilson’s Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat. They have all helped me understand why I choose the methods to cook that I choose.

Cooking is a practical life skill. If you are going to cook – why not cook something good? I love that our Montessori toddler teachers engage their students in making muffins and oatmeal and then the children eat these for morning snacks.

Cooking may seem mysterious but truly it is a skill that is developed. Start by following simple recipes and if that fails ask someone to help you learn basic skills. Visit YouTube,, any number of food blogs, and explore the videos offered all over the internet. Bake bread – you will love the smell and taste! Learn to stir-fry! Experiment. Be adventurous!

Cook and teach your children too!

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