Melanie Wong has a wonderful thread going about the debates over food stamps and who should qualify as well as what they should be able to buy with them. As we all know, it is a VERY complex issue with no easy answers. I have been decrying the fact that most people who qualify for food stamps either a.) don't know how to cook, or b.) don't have time to cook because they are so busy hustling trying to keep kids fed and work at their minimum wage (or less) job that they need a 48 hour day to do all the things they need to do but don't have time for.
So... I'm curious about how many of us had any sort of cooking instruction when we were school kids. So here are my survey questions:
1. When, where, and how did you first learn to cook?
2. Did you have any sort of cooking classes in school as part of YOUR school districts mandatory curriculum?
2A. If you did have cooking classes in school, would you mind sharing your age and whether those classes were in the U.S. or another country?
As for me, I'm 80 years old, I did have basic cooking instruction in home economics classes in the 9th grade in California (1948 or thereabouts). Later, when I was in my twenties, I REALLY learned how to cook through daily private instruction from a master chef for about three full years.