Slate: "How young can a child be and still learn how to cook?"
George Leppla wrote:
On 5/15/2012 6:09 PM, Lenona wrote:
Almost no one has a good answer to the question of when children can
make a real contribution in the kitchen—the actual work of getting
dinner on the table. Instead, cookbooks for children seem to treat the
eighth birthday as endowing some sort of mystical kitchen
When I was 8 years old, my Mom went back to work and my Grandmother came
to live with us. Grandma couldn't walk well, so when I got home from
school, it was my job to help her get supper ready. She would sit at the
kitchen table and we would cook. It wasn't too long before I was able
to make the entire meal myself. I guess that is where I got my love for
cooking.... those afternoons with my Grandma. She passed away when I
was 12 but by then, I was doing pretty much all the cooking for the
family during the week.
My first real job was when I was 15... working in the kitchen of a
Howard Johnson's restaurant, first as a dish washer, then a cook.
At what age did you transition to cook?