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What is it?

  • For many people, home cooking has changed from being an essential chore to something that is done for pleasure as a creative activity.  

  • Reasons for home cooking include sharing a special meal with friends and family, preserving seasonal products from your garden, producing cakes and pastries that can be sold to raise money, and much more.

  • There is growing interest in learning about new types of food, food from different countries and historic periods, and different methods of cooking and presentation.

Find out more


Cookery & Food Association  0208 948 3870


BBC Good Food 
Cake Decoration 
Cakes & Sugarcraft 

You can also look at many of the general women's and home and garden magazines.

Getting started

  • Find a local cookery group or club (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of cooking.

  • Check in your local library/paper or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Anyone can cook, whatever their age or sex.  It is easy to learn basic cookery, though there are also high level skills to be acquired if you want. 

  • Most cooking is done in the home, for family and friends.  But many people join cookery classes or groups to improve special skills and to enjoy the stimulus and social contacts.

Equipment or clothing
  • There are many kinds of special pans and utensils, but most foods can be cooked with a fairly basic range of equipment.  

  • ome kind of stove, cooking pots and pans, and basic ingredients are essential, together with recipes of some kind for what you want to make.  

A place or facilities
  • The main place most people cook is in their kitchen at home.  

  • Classes or groups may have access to a catering kitchen in school, college or the like.

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