I was talking to a friend of mine and it dawned on me that maybe in the US, people don’t learn how to cook at school. She said that all she remembered is making some cookies, and maybe some bread. A bit of food safety and nutrition lecture, and that’s pretty much it. My husband said something similar too. Is that a norm?
Where I grew up, in Tokyo, Japan, boys had woodworking or PE classes, and we had a semester of hands-on cooking classes. They were mandatory. We made things like chicken rice, curry and rice, spaghetti meat sauce (Bolognese), along with more traditional Japanese dishes and maybe some Chinese. It’s funny all I remember is more Western menu. I didn’t care much for “traditional Japanese food”.
I remember at high school, some girls didn’t eat the fruit of our labor at the end of the class, and save it for their boyfriends or for “their prospects”. I know quite a few couples formed because of this strategy.
Oh, in case you are wondering, in Japan, everyone cooks many different “Japanized” international dishes at home. Pretty much 1/3 or less Japanese, 1/3 or less Chinese or other Asian, or 1/3 to 1/2 dishes with European origin. Just like cars and electronics, the Japanese are very good at adopting other inventions, adapt and make it even more efficient. Same with food, especially we Japanese are so into food!
Anyway, I’d love to hear how it was for you:
- Where did you grow up? (City & State/Country)
- Did you learn how to cook at school (middle school, high school)?
- What recipe(s), or menu?
- Were your classes hands-on? Did you get to cook? Or were you just watching someone cooking?
- What did you learn from these classes? Or any memory from them?
Look forward to hearing your experience!
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