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Life Lessons I learned From Cooking

Updated on May 2, 2020
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I always try to see things from a different perspective, which helps me to learn and analyze things in a different manner.


Learning how to cook is one of the most important skills a person can have. I was introduced to cooking when I was shifted to my hostel far away from my favorite homemade food. The kitchen was a restricted zone for me when I was at home, rules were imposed by my mother for my safety as if the kitchen is some kind of war zone. But she was fearful and I think over conscious about me.

Then I got busy with my job and after marriage, my maid helped me with cooking. So honestly if you will ask me whether I am a good cook then my answer will be a big no.

Neither I am a good cook nor do I love cooking rather I used to hate cooking but this lockdown helped me to extract another hidden talent out of me. Now that the lockdown is still in place, and so are the restrictions of stepping out of the house. The luring images of exotic dishes on social media encouraging me to try my hands on different recipes.

Guys, let me tell you cooking is not that difficult as I used to think about it previously. I am enjoying and it had helped me to learn a few lessons from life as well. I am sharing it here with you.


Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don't fall at least 10 times, then you're not skiing hard enough.

Guy Fieri

Lessons I learned From Cooking

  1. Patience:

    Cooking tests your patience. You need a lot of patience and care while cooking. Every dish requires different temperatures and a different time period. You need to have a lot of patience to get a delicious treat at the end.

  2. Balance your life:

    You need to take care of each and every ingredient, you have to balance them perfectly. Anything in excess or less will ruin the entire dish. Turning down the heat is always a wonderful idea, Whether I'm frying French fries, making breakfast omelets, or doing pancakes for a pickup supper, the best rule is to be gentle. Everything in excess is bad, If you are adding a lot of oil or salt to your dish, it may help your taste buds to enjoy the taste but it will affect your health.

  3. Everyone is having a different taste:

    Every taste bud is different some like spicy food some love eating sweets so never follow a herd while taking any decisions. Trust your own taste before judging.

  4. Never give up easily:

    Things can go wrong as they always do but you should not give up easily. With a little twist, you can change the flavor. Never get disappointed when things are not going according to the plan. The spatula and ingredients are still there in your hands. The secret to being a great chef is not how well you can cook but how well you can solve a problem at the end moment.

  5. Learn from your mistakes:

    Things can go wrong in the kitchen — they inevitably do, no matter how prepared you are. But I’m a firm believer that there is always a good reason for everything. We just have to be willing to wade through the challenge and be open to the lesson.

  6. Altruism:

    Performing an act for another human being, like cooking for them, is a form of altruism. And altruism can make people feel happy and connected to each other.

  7. Builds confidence:

    There’s a tremendous amount of confidence-boosting and self-esteem boosting, performing an act like cooking for others.

  8. Eagerness to learn:

    learning is an ongoing process for a better taste and different cuisines you need to learn various recipes. Learning a new thing always helps you to grow.

  9. Practice makes a man perfect:

    This is an age-old saying which is applicable everywhere. The more you cook, the more you get acquainted with the ingredients and recipe so that you will be rewarded with a delightful treat.

  10. Presentation matters:

    People say content is the king, yes, I am not refuting but the presentation matters too. We all love beautifully served dishes.

  11. Be attentive at work:

    While cooking a small mistake can lead to a big mishap, after all, we are playing with dangerous elements like fire. So be careful and pay attention to your work.

  12. Take risks:

    Taking the risk is an absolute necessity of life. To achieve a goal requires the courage to face the fear of uncertainty. No matter what the outcome is, either way, you grow through the process and become more resilient and confident like doing experiments while trying new recipes sometimes gives us a delicious treat.

Cooking is not only a survival tool but also act as a canvas to show your creativity and skills. We need to feed our body from time to time so that it can function properly and for that, we all must learn at least something about cooking. Moreover, in a situation like this, where there is a virus attack which has almost paralyzed our food industry and the delivery system is closed, only cooking can save you. Happy cooking.

© 2020 Suchismita Pradhan


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      Devika Primić 

      12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub of such lessons learned from cooking. Important and different. Cooking is a pleasure to eat a wholesome meal.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      12 months ago from India

      Thanks Sujata,I appreciate your presence.

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      Sujata Dash 

      12 months ago

      Fine observations during cooking ...That enhances flavour in your article ..

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      12 months ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Suchi! The title of your article is as interesting as the dish cooked by you. Especially i loved the bit where you say that a good chef is not one who can cook well but one who can solve a problem at the end minute.So true. Your article might just make the younger generation head to the cook.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      12 months ago from India

      Thank you Mr.Umesh

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      12 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Nice article. Well presented.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      12 months ago from India

      Thanks Natasha,even I never thought of this before but if we can able to see the positive aspect of every thing then we can find out each and every thing in our day to day life is providing some important lesson.

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      Natasha Tungare 

      12 months ago from India

      Such a unique topic!! I mean I never thought of it this way. Well I love observing and learning from my self experiences but because of your article I got to learn about what cooking teaches us about life

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      12 months ago from India

      you can go for 2 minute Maggie receipe Prateek its easy jokes apart well some cooking are really easy to make,You don't need that much attention to learn it.

      Hope my article can able to motivate you learn a new skill.All the best.Thanks for the comment.

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      Prateek Jain 

      12 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      I like the teachings that you learned from your experience while cooking. I also wants to learn cooking before leaving home for my job. But i didn't get time to learn cooking due to being busy in either studies or with the official work. Your dish looks really delicious. No doubt that you cook very good. I agree with you in all the points that you mentioned above also being attentive is a major part of cooking as well as in every aspect of life. Thank you Suchi mam for sharing this wonderful article in such a creative way.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      12 months ago from India

      Thanks Mr.Murali for your comment.I will definitely share a few receipe in my future articles.Chemistry lab is a great example.She can learn from a early age periodic table and organic composition :) .Good one.

      i will pass this example to my daughter in future time.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      12 months ago from South India

      There are always different visions. If your mother was saving you from cooking considering it as a war room, I used to tell my daughter that it is nothing but a chemistry lab. In lab also we use different hazardous and inflammable chemicals. It is now nice to know that you started liking coking, so, your family members will start liking you more, though they may put some remarks each time. I think we too will come across many eastern Indian recipes here to read, Ms Suchismita.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      12 months ago from India

      Hello Ms. Suchismita.

      I really enjoyed reading this beautiful article. The way you expressed things you learned form cooking is quite relatable and compelling. Although I myself didn't try cooking anything yet, except making maggie and tea, after reading your article, I feel try out cooking sometime soon.

      Thank you for sharing your personal experience with us, Ms. Suchismita. I look forward to reading more such articles in future.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      12 months ago from India

      Thank you Prantika for your comment,you are absolutely right,patience is the main ingredient of lifes receipe.Every thing you do,you need loads of patience to get that sweet fruit.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      12 months ago from India

      Thanks Liz for stopping by.Iam glad you liked the article.Enjoy your meal and keep writing.Love to read your articles.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      12 months ago from India

      Thank you Swati for your comment,cooking is an art and necessity of life.Not only it helps us survive but helps us to serve others.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      12 months ago from India

      Thank you Jnanesh for your comment.It seems you and I are on the same boat of cooking.But what I learned that it is highly essential to learn this skill.It helps you to survive in difficult situations like the corona pandemic.

    • Prantika Samanta profile image

      Prantika Samanta 

      12 months ago from Kolkata, India

      It is an interesting article. Cooking is an art and it does teaches us so many lessons. The life lessons that you have mentioned in your article are important. Patience plays a crucial role.

      Thank you for sharing a wonderful article.

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      Meals have assumed greater importance during lockdown. As I write my daughter is preparing a tasty meal for us to enjoy, which I am looking forward to.

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      Swati Khandelwal 

      12 months ago from Nainital

      Hi suchi, even I also don't like to cook very often but as a mother I have to fulfill the demands for kids specially in this pandemic times when restaurants are closed. I am also realising my hidden talent of cooking nowadays. Nicely pen down article.

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      Jnanesh Sharma H 

      12 months ago from South India

      Wow, Ms Suchismitha, a very well written article. I also like cooking, even though not much of it I do a little bit of cooking and I am very well glad that I have got to read the life lessons we can get from cooking, I am going to practise more cooking.

      I am not good at cooking but I know some of the small but tempting recipes. Thank you for giving us a piece of your knowledge.


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