Nick's comments about cookbooks made me wonder how and when people began to enjoy cooking. I grew up cooking - my dad and my mum's partner at the time had both been restaurateurs and my gran and great gran lived with us for a while. So I was surrounded by traditional and knowledgeable cooking. There are picture of me flouring fish and frying sausages over a camp fire when very young. Apparently, I once explained how to make bread sauce to a woman in the park once when I was about 4. I was regularly cooking for the family from the age of 10 or so. I think my mum appreciated it as she's a good but reluctant cook.