Do you know someone who loves to cook but could use some practice? Help your friend or loved one take their cooking from “cordon bleh” to “magnifique”. On your next gift giving occasion give them one of these unique gift ideas. They are good gifts for bad cooks! Of course we can’t be responsible for the results!
Basic Cooking DVDs
Perhaps your bad cook needs some basic instruction. If they don’t have the Food Network on television, you can bring them helpful cooking instruction right on DVD. There are so many great cooks to choose from. Cooking greats like Paula Deen, Rachel Ray and Tyler Florence are great teachers. They give a lot of detail and step by step instructions when preparing dishes. They teach simple basic cooking methods that any cook could benefit from. Including the bad cook. These are good gifts for bad cooks!
Sign up your bad cook for a cooking class. Obviously you don’t want to say they are a bad cook. When presenting your gift you could say something like this. “I know how much you love cooking. I hear this class has a great instructor.” Put your cook’s gift certificate in an envelope or a little basket along with some nifty culinary gadgets. Local colleges and high schools offer a variety of cooking classes during different times of the year. Even local churches and civic organizations have cooking classes.
Cookbooks and Magazines
One of the gifts I love the most is a monthly cooking magazine I receive. Why not sign up your bad cook for a monthly cooking magazine? They’ll have twelve months of gifts and they’ll have twelve great months of instructions. Shop around for the magazine that is right for your friend. Surely your friend or loved one has a favorite chef? Give him a cookbook by his favorite chef. He’ll love it!
Quality Cooking Time
You could take on the task yourself. Ask your bad cook if you could get together to make a few dishes. Chili, gumbo, red beans and rice even chicken with dumplings are good ‘cooking together’ recipes. Show up with the ingredients and get your cooking friend involved in the process.
Are Bad Cooks Born or Made?
There are three possible reasons a person can be a bad cook. First, they don’t have a discerning palette. Some people’s taste buds just work differently than others. What might taste great to them could be pretty horrible to someone else. Second, they just don’t know any better. There are a thousand reasons why some people don’t receive good cooking instructions while growing up. That can be remedied with our good gifts for bad cooks. The third reason is some people are just too creative for their own good. Bad cooks often stray from the recipe and reinterpret how instructions work. Discourage that behavior. They should master the basic recipe before they decide to sprout off into their own variations!