Food, wine & cooking

Who is the best cook in the family?

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Me.But by default...no competition really. Parents/aunts cooked 1950s overdone meat and limp veg well into the 80s. Lots of canned/frozen food. They liked it fine, I never did. I grew up in a loving family with yucky food.
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I know I am. My family is full of awful cooks who think that cooking is just raising the temperature of meat.
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My grandmother (father side) for sure. She was a great cook who could adapt to anything. She's the one who taught me how to wrap wontons and some basic dishes when I was little. I also went food shopping with her most of the time, so I know how to pick my veges and such.
Other than my grandmother, I'm the best cook in the family. No one else really cares about cooking. Even though my mother's family was in the restaurant business, they were more in the management side of things than the cooking side. Because I grew up with my grandmother and was very close to her, I picked up her love of cooking.
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My mom was when she was alive but now my sister H.. is the best cook of the family.
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I am - my grandmother is a close second, though.
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My father's mother was a suberb cook; she taught my mother and then me. Dinner was every Sunday at her house and there were a dozen of us around the table. There's a picture somewhere in the family albums of me in a high chair rolling meatballs in her kitchen. She didn't bake frequently, though; when she did it was biscotti (my Nonno's favorite) and S cookies and like everything else - done in mass quantities so it would last for a month. Ravioli were every few weeks, hundreds and hundreds of them that would take the entire day in my parent's kitchen (It was just a little bigger than hers) and more than once I was found asleep in the hallway where I had snack out of bed so I could watch my parents and grandparents at work.
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Me for myself. A lot of people like my mom's cooking, but I can't eat a lot of what she cooks because I'm a vegetarian. But I make the best damn tofu.
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My Grandmother, she has made so many family meals by herself and each dish she makes is amazing. She made me love things I hated with her cooking.
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My husband. As long as you just want delicious meat and then dessert.
He struggles with complex meals but can do things to dead animal lumps that blow my mind.
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Me, by a long shot, but I think it's mostly a generational thing. My parents and grandparents came of age in a time when food tastes were much simpler. If one had aspirations, the big thing was baking (i.e., sweets). At which my mother was, in fact, very good. (Still is, but doesn't do it much any more.)
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Me, for overall. But... My mom made the best pies and biscuits in the world, as well as wild berry jams, crab apple jelly and roast pork with gravy. And clam chowder. And fried chicken with gravy. Her mother was an ace cake baker and waffle maker. My other grandmother canned like the wind, made exotic jell-o molds that are still legendary -- if weird -- and introduced me to homemade raspberry shrub and Nanaimo bars. Both my parents shared a love of freshly picked/harvested/caught food and introduced us to some pretty exotic stuff for their time and place.
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When I first responded to this thread I was thinking of those still with us. My mother-in-law was an incredible cook. From everyday family meals to knock-your-socks-off Thanksgiving feasts for sometimes 30+ people to organizing and leading the meal for 130-150 people at her sorority wine-tasting fund-raisers she was superb. And she was a wonderful human being. I miss her terribly.
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While at Disneyland today my DW made a point of picking up a peach cobbler dessert in response to my remembering my mom's peach cobbler up-thread. It was good, and I appreciated it, but it could never replace mom's.
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It took me a few days to think about it, and t here's still no doubt that I'm the"best cook" in the family, in this generation and in plenty of generations past.
There might be a dish or two (my maternal grandmother's latkes and chicken fricassee I happen to remember being pretty good), but overall we're not even talking in the same ballpark. My mom probably could've been a decent cook, but much of her life was spent with various ailments (back injury, etc.) so she didn't spend a hell of a lot of time in the kitchen. And my father once told me (perhaps some 20 years ago) that my brisket was the best he'd ever had, so...
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My mom. Holy shit the things that lady can make and just be like"No big deal." I wish I could cook like that.
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The best cook in my family was my grandmother"Mama" Salha Bobo
She was an amazing women and cook
I like to think I got some of my love of food and cooking from her.
I tried to link her wiki page but it didn't link correctly on this site.
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Me, for most stuff that isn't baked goods. My husband makes fantastic bread. My SIL's (husband's side) pies and cakes are supreme. My parents were very limited: my dad made great chopped chicken liver and lox scramble, but nothing else. My mother was pretty hopeless, although she did teach me to spread bone marrow on rye bread. I have no idea where she got the bone marrow, but she must have cooked something. She did make a variety of things no one could even eat but I do give her credit for some likes and dislikes that made a lasting impression: Manhattan clam chowder and HoJo's peppermint ice cream for dessert. My grandmother is remembered (by me only) for her gribenes; if she had any other cooking skills they died with her when I was young. I taught myself to cook during a very strange period during my twenties when I spent a fair amount of time alone.
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Father. But if you need a cake or a pastry you come to me.
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My Italian mom and my aunt, both amazing cooks. My husbands who seems to amazingly put together a phenomenal meal sans recipe. Definitely not me., I'm the one everyone calls to find out the best place to eat and makes reservations for them.
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My Dad can make some good Japanese food but I'm a much better cook!!!
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