Some cooks are early bloomers, making the perfect souffle before they finish learning the alphabet. The vast majority, it's probably safe to say, start on their journey a little later—starting with chopping carrots for mom and boxed brownie mixes for middle school bake sales. Others wait until entering the "real world" before tackling the finer points of food preparation that doesn't involve ramen and a microwave. Finally, there are those who never progress beyond reheating takeout. When did you learn to cook, or are you still awaiting the day? Take the poll! »
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