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Cooking with Confidence: Everyday Cooking Skills

To teach adults how to cook, you could host a mixed-gender class, such as young adults just starting out in their own homes. Or, teach a group of newly-divorced men or widowers who want to improve their basic culinary skills.

Ideas for lesson plans include:

  1. Food Sense Cooking – Utah – 2012 – 6 categories, each with lesson plans and participant handouts;  PLUS 6 general topical videos here – Lessons and handouts include topics on:

    1. Cooking methods –  10 lessons and participant handouts

    2. Cooking grains – 11 lessons and participant handouts

    3. Cooking veggies – 24 lessons and participant handouts, some videos

    4. Cooking fruits – 23 lessons and participant handouts, some videos

    5. Menu planning -  Leaders Guide  Handout

    6. Food safety – 1 lesson and participant handout

  2. Eating Well Made Easy, A food preparation manual – Utah – written in 2000 – 16 topical chapters

  3. Healthy Cooking School – by Martha Yount, Univ. of Kentucky – 2013 – 6 very basic lessons that Martha graciously shared with us –

  4. Eating Healthy Foods Basic Skills Series – Canada – revised 2008 – 4 lessons

  5. A Man's Guide to Basic Culinary Art, a nutrition and food prep curriculum -- North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service - written in 1997 - an intro and 8 topical sessions

Journal Articles about benefits of teaching cooking skills


Questions or concerns about this page should be directed to Dr. Mary Meck Higgins, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., Extension Specialist, Human Nutrition and Associate Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Room 202 Justin Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS  66506. Phone: 785-532-1671. email: mhiggins@ksu.edu

Cooking with Confidence Additional Resources

Cooking on a Budget -- K-State booklet of tips, rev. 2011

Grocery Shopping on a Budget -- K-State booklet of tips, rev. 2011

Eating Well But Cooking Less -- K-State – revised 2012 – 12 lessons related to quick-scratch cooking – Lessons 2 and 3 describe giving a supermarket tour; Chapter  12 describes making creative casseroles

Month of Menus Recipes -- K-State – revised 2013 – the first 11-page section has basic cooking information

Healthy Cooking and Recipes -- Many healthful recipes and cooking-related links, including print and video, developed by or recommended by K-State Research and Extension Human Nutrition specialists

Dinner Tonight -- Texas A&M Extension – How to make quick and healthy dinners – videos and recipes

Cooking School  and Cook It Quick -- University of Nebraska – lists of resources