Visited my home town today and had lunch with a friend I first met in second grade. As we were finishing, our old home economics teacher came by. Turns out she has a cookbook out and presented me with one.
She was the person who single-handedly instilled me with confidence I could cook whatever I wanted. She kept preaching, "If you can read a recipe, you can cook it.) She made sure we learned what all the measurements were and what all the directions meant.
I went for years believing I could cook anything so long as I had a recipe. Inevitably, I found out I was mistaken, but by that time I'd logged in a lot of cooking hours!
Mrs. Jones, I salute you! Can't wait to try some of the recipes.