We Need to Teach Everyday Skills

Gina Lorubbio

Copenhagen, Denmark

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At Terra Madre Nordic, Katrine Klinken, an active food writer and teacher in Copenhagen, shared how she’s come to see her role at this stage of life as passing on her knowledge to the next generation. One way she does this is by teaching cooking classes to young people.

She talked about the disparity she sees between being able to make something “fancy” and being able to feed yourself well, day in and day out:

“Maybe the kids know how to make a French macaron. That’s great. But I’m going to teach them how to peel a potato. If we want home cooks having good meals everyday, we have to understand that it takes time to buy [potatoes], to clean them, and to clean up afterward… We need to teach everyday skills."

This aligns so deeply with thoughts I’ve been stewing on for years. There’s so much food-stuff floating around: cookbooks, recipe blogs, magazines, glossy Instagram pics. Those are all a piece of the pie…but where can we go to continually hone this life-long skill of home cooking together? Where can we learn, not just how to follow a recipe, but to provide ourselves and our families sustenance on a daily basis?

This is something I’d like to work on.


This piece was Day 50 in my series called “How to Fall in Love with Denmark through Food in 100 Days.”

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