Same thing here my mom went to night school and worked full time, and there was no money for restuarants. So ya same thing started watching cooking shows and reading the cook books, magazines, the same time. My mom helped when she had time, teaching me the importance of timing, and clean up. Like Fathercook said above it's a very basic skill, like swimming or dancing. I just never thought anything of it until maybe 20 years later my husband bought an old framed needlepoint that said "even my mistakes are edible", and mounted it in the kitchen. That's when I knew I could cook.