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Whatever happened to the good old days when moms taught their children how to cook as part of the time they spent with their kids?

My Mom was a 50s Mom and didn't like to cook and I only learned a little by watching (she preferred nobody in the kitchen with her, though--it was her time to chill out). She mostly fixed broiled meat or baked chicken pieces, frozen/canned veg, rice, iceberg lettuce and canned fruit salad anyway unless she was throwing a dinner party. I suspect she hoped I'd marry a rich man and eat out a lot--live her dream ;-)

Luckily I learned to create some Italian dishes from my Jewish grandmother who married an Italian(!). I learned to make pan-fried hamburgers from one of my high school boyfriends. I learned to fix pancakes, scrambled eggs, and tuna salad from my father on weekends. I learned technique form watching Julia Child on TV. I learned from cookbooks and got recipes from friends. During the brief time I was on food stamps I got wonderful inexpensive recipes from the government, and I still make them--just fixed French lentil soup last night (with turkey broth I made from the Christmas carcase--I learned that from a food stamp booklet, too). I can honestly say I learned more about cooking and nutrition from the govt than from anyone else.

While I enjoy cooking and wanted to teach my kids, they weren't the least bit interested until they lived on their own. I gave them each a recipe box with their personal faves of my recipes when they graduated from college. They are prized, much-used possessions even today (they are in their mid-30s). Now we exchange recipes ;-)

So I wonder if the past of Moms (now parents) teaching girls (now all kids) to cook may be somewhat mythical.
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