Best Advice or Recipes for Teaching My Mother-in-Law to Cook?

Best Advice or Recipes for Teaching My Mother-in-Law to Cook?

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Emma Christensen
Sep 8, 2014
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Q: My mother-in-law is coming from abroad to visit me and my husband for several weeks, and has recently announced that she wants to learn to cook.

Any advice from Kitchn readers on what sort of recipes to introduce to a new cook?

My mother-in-law has been fortunate enough, in her life, to live in families that employed cooks, so she has very little experience in the kitchen. I love cooking, and find it quite relaxing and fulfilling. Any ideas on how to inspire a love of cooking healthy food for someone whose patience for or love of cooking may be a bit underdeveloped?

Sent by Carolyn

Editor: My best advice here is to let your mother-in-law guide the pace and the menu. Teach her to make the foods that she loves! It might also be helpful to take the approach of "let's cook a meal together," which can feel more friendly and welcoming than approaching it like a class.

Readers, what other advice do you have?

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