I am a mediocre cook at best. My mom was of the opinion that she wouldn't teach me how to cook until I was about to be married. Um, that's kinda late since you're running around getting ready for the wedding! Anyway, I've really learned how to cook in the 9 years since I moved to Seattle, mostly by necessity as I was divorced from my child's father, who is a great cook. I also have had great examples in friends and have picked up recipes and tricks from them!