Learning to cook is one of the most basic pieces of self-reliance. The skill of cooking allows us to provide ourselves and our families with a entire range of food that would otherwise be inaccessible or at least questionable to eat. Without this skill, there is no way to reach even the simplest level of self-reliance. Instead of being reliant on yourself, you would be reliant on restaurants and prepared food…..similar to these idiot “Kitchenistas” who have transformed their kitchens, including refrigerators and stoves, into storage space for clothes.
If you do not know how to cook, it is not difficult to learn. Cooking can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. It can be as easy as following a recipe or as in-depth as taking culinary classes. To start, just pick a recipe and take it one step at a time and you will be fine. Are you going to make mistakes? Yes. Are you going to make food that tastes less than stellar? Yes. Are you going to learn to cook and become more self-reliant? YES! The great thing as that over time you will naturally become a better cook and begin expanding what you can cook. There are plenty of opportunities to improving your cooking including culinary classes or online classes such as from fooddiva.com
The other part of cooking that is important is teaching the next generation. Cooking is something that kids naturally learned to do in the past. Frighteningly, this has all changed. It is now more of a rarity for kids to be able to cook. I believe this is a two fold problem that all originates with the parents. This day in age many parents are not cooking themselves and are buying prepared foods. Kids are not even getting a chance to learn. This is a true shame. The other is that kids are much more sheltered than they have been. Many parents do not want to take the chance of their kids getting hurt while cooking even though this is part of life.
If you know how to cook, teach your kids. If you do not know how to cook, have your kids learn with you. It may slow you down and be more frustrating at times, but the payoff is immense. Your children will already have one step down to being more self-reliant and it will be something that they can pass on to their children.