I grew up in Canada with a British mother and an Egyptian father.
They both were great cooks and we rarely ate out and always would have dinner together as a family. My main job was to set and clear the the table and make tea. I learned to cook by watching them and helping.
I really learned how to cook, by just doing it.
When i go to restaurants if i like the dish, i try to figure out the flavors and replicate them at home from memory.
I enjoy reading recipes collecting cookbooks and browsing food blogs for inspiration.
What i like so much about food and cooking is that there is always more to learn, the possibilities are endless.
I also enjoy the process, the scents, the colors, cooking and preparing food uses all the senses.
It is a form of alchemy the way food transforms as it cooks. It also can be relaxing and therapeutic.