My mother was trained as a dietitian and she was also an excellent cook! She always said ” the food has to be colorful to make it appetizing. My mothers favorite cookbook is called ” Food for Fifty”.
Both my parent’s cooked,but they each had specialities. My mom made superior gravy,souffle and delicious meals with very few ingredients, my dad made terrific meatloaf , pancakes, jams & relishes.
My parent’s were both very supportive of my learning to cook. My father took my first failed loaf of bread and shellacked it and used it as a doorstop!