Has there been one person or several people in your live that have inspired your cooking? For me that person is definitely Alton Brown. He doesn't just give recipes, he teaches the how's and why's of cooking.
Inspired my cooking? Absolutely ridiculous.
I was taught to cook by my father. No inspiration required/needed or warranted.
My motivation was self improvement. To do for myself.
Mom aspired me in all honesty and pushing me along with more additional recipes has been Emeril and Chef Ramsey.
In the very first instance, it was an uncle who used to show me tricks as to how they used to cook with scavenged ingredients, when he was serving with the Royal Air Force in the jungles of South-East Asia. Although the ingredients obviously weren't exactly the same, he showed me some amazing techniques for cooking with basic ingredients and only with what nature provided in terms of cooking tools and heat sources.
I used to get shown a lot of tricks going on fishing trips, etc, from early childhood. Unfortunately, I honestly can't remember to this day who it was that showed me how to cook fresh fish in newspaper, on a beach, in an open fire. That is so easy but also really impressive for anyone who's never seen it done before. For some reason, the procedure only works with saltwater and not fresh.
Great post, as so many people nowadays are inspired by the instructions on their microwaveable meal packaging...
I know this is a very common answer, but my mom! She's a great cook and I squirreled away a ton of her recipes I use now with my family. Although like I said she's a great cook, I think the thing that most influenced my cooking and love for food was her sense of adventure when cooking and also her sense of tradition! We always had sit down dinners. It was a way to come together. For me, eating is coming together as a community so food tastes best when shared.
Ming Tsai, Lydia Bostianich, Emeril and Martha Stewart. I can't get enough of cooking shows, which inspires me, which makes for better dinners around here.
Nothing could ever inspire me to cook. When my kids were little the need to come up with decent, healthy, meals for them "inspired" me do at least that much. These days, I'm happy when everyone is all together, so I don't mind being the one to come up with a meal they'll enjoy (or even if only one person is here). It's never about the food for me, though. It's always about "It's what mothers do," and "I don't want my kids to have a mother who never does it." If my kids aren't going to be here for a meal it's all about eating out or having coffee for dinner.
grandma favorite was round new years all type of gooddies yummy my fav was the haladets(cow feet cooked for long time to jelly)
My mother inspired my cooking, she was the best before she passed.
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