Are you naturally a good cook or did it take practice?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Rue7514:  i grew up in a household with good cooking, so it came naturally to me. you just have to experiment with different seasonings, be creative and not be afraid to try new things

Post # 3
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am a pretty good cook, but it did take me some practice….

Post # 4
2151 posts
Buzzing bee

Rue7514:  It came naturally to me. My mom never uses recipes, and she taught me to cook. In my family all the women learn to cook, I was making dinner for my family (unassisted) by the time I was around 10 years old. I’m sure like most things it takes more work if you don’t grow up doing it!

Post # 5
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

I naturally gravitated towards the kitchen and loved cooking/baking from an early age. My mom hates cooking so I didn’t learn it from her, that’s for sure. 😛 

Post # 6
1355 posts
Bumble bee

Rue7514:  I knew basic stuff, but I have gotten better throughout the years.

Post # 7
5968 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017


Rue7514:  I am naturally a good cook. I don’t usually measure and I can create stuff out of whatever I have available to me. This is a result of a few things. My mom and grandma are the same way and never use actual recipe’s. they just kind of know how to make stuff. So I was forced to just kind of watch and learn and now that’s how I do things in the kitchen. I enjoy cooking and it’s something that really relaxes me and lets me unwind.


Now don’t ask me to bake. I can’t bake. I just don’t have the hands for it. and I just don’t have patience. I can make boxed stuff of course lol but Im a terrible baker. I can ruin even the easiest of recipes when it comes to cakes and things.

Post # 8
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I grew up in a household where cooking is a day long process (South Indian food) and everything is super flavorful. Unfortunately, I don’t eat spicy food because I can’t take the heat so I had to learn how to make everything else by myself (because my mom has no idea) and I am famous for my baked mac and cheese (among others) today.

It did take about a year to get the hang of things and to figure out certain tricks with cooking, but I found the Internet is the best resource — it’s where I get all my recipes, tips, and advice. I think anybody can be a good cook if they really work at it, but some people, like you said, don’t have to work as hard at it to achieve better results. I don’t know if I’m one of those people or not, but I’ve never had any disasters in the kitchen and my food is always well received. I think it just takes practice for everyone — and once you’ve made a certain dish a few times and been able to experiment, you find out what works best for you.

Post # 9
8480 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am a pretty good cook.  I was never terrible at it (probably because I helped my mother occasionally) but some practice definitely helps.  I’m not that inventive so I always follow recipes but I am really good (usually) about reading a recipe and knowing if it will be good or not.  Then I almost always alter the recipes I follow, since I like a lot more flavor and spice than most recipes contain.  The only thing I make without recipes are the easy things like eggs, french toast, sweet potatoes fries, etc.

Post # 10
1648 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m a natural cook, just like my mother and my grandmother and we rarely use recipies. My older sister struggles with items more complex than mac and cheese. My husband is the kind of cook who likes to follow the instructions to the letter for fear of it not tasting good. It drives me batty because (when I do use a recipie) I like to read it and then do my own thing. 

Post # 11
3833 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Unlike most PPs, it took me a lot of practice, but I’m pretty good now. I used to dislike cooking (or thought I did) and wasn’t very good at it, though I loved baking. Then DH, who is a good cook, started working crazy hours, so if we wanted to eat before 10 pm, I had to cook.

It took time, but I’ve gotten to the point where I no longer need to stick 100% to a recipe (modify it as I want/my pantry dictates) and I occassionally make a dish up. Pinterest and Skinnytaste have been lifesavers for me, though.

Now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, I love trying new recipes or changing up familiar ones – but it definitely didn’t come naturally to me!

Post # 12
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i disliked cooking and took a 6 week cooking class called ‘How to Think Like a Chef.”  It taught knife skills and the basics.  Cooking techniques: sauteing, braising, roasting, baking.  Then making different sauces: stocks, rous, etc.  It was informative. 

I can cook well without following a recipe.  It is testing what goes together and what does not.

DH on the otherhand, loves to cook and cooks more than I do.  But everything he makes follows a recipe.


Post # 13
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’ve always been a good cook. I love cooking and it’s always come pretty natural to me. That said, I feel like I’ve had to relearn how to cook after moving in with my FI. He is 100% a meat and potatoes kind of guy. He wants traditional foods cooked the traditional way. I don’t like meat, and I would rather play around and make creative versions of everything. I also barely cooked any meat at all for five years and I had kind of forgotten how. It’s coming back to me, but it’s been a bit rough.

Post # 14
2787 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think its a combination.  I’m pretty good on my own, and can create stuff off the top of my head, but certain things and techniques took some more practice.  I wish I had better knife skills and could use a bit more patients in the kitchen. 

Post # 15
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Industrial/Modern

A bit of both… I absorbed a lot through ‘osmosis’ because my mother was a classically trained chef. Food has always been a major part of my life. Over the years I’ve developed my own style and rhythm. I don’t toot my own horn on a lot of things but I’m a fantastic cook. I derive a great deal of pleasure from feeding people. Just the simple act of cutting an onion calms me. Cooking is my zen.   

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