Makers & Tasters: Labels in the Kitchen

Growing up in Alabama, you had to be either an Alabama fan or an Auburn fan.

In high school, you were a sophomore, a senior, or a whole group of other labels that I’m choosing to forget.

Now there are more and more labels for the type of food people eat: Slow food, Gluten-free, GFCF, GAPS, Weston A Price, Maker’s Diet, Nourishing Traditions, and on and on and on.

But at home when it’s just us, the food is just good food. In our kitchen, we have two important labels: you are a maker or a taster.

Doug’s a maker. He gets mad when I sample the bacon in the midst of preparations.

Lane and I are tasters. We try so much cookie dough that we don’t want to eat the cookies.

It’s important to know and understand the two when cooking with someone else. And now, thanks to your countless cookbook recommendations, I have a full reading list. I can’t wait to get started.

Are you a maker or a taster?
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  1. I’m a maker. Hubby and the kids are tasters. I have had to learn to not let it drive me crazy or swat hands away.

    How to Cook Everything is one of my favorite cookbooks.

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    • I’m so glad to hear from another maker. I get nuts with people sampling my stuff before I’m done…. but Rachel and Lane are quite the cuties… they get their way. I smile and tell myself its OK.

  2. Correction! I have a new favorite cookbook since your last post about this.

    Apples for Jam

    I could spend hours just thumbing through the beautiful pictures and reading the pictures, and the recipes are just as lovely!

  3. I love each of these cookbooks and have all but the Food Made Fast Asian….but think I need to get it! I really want to be able to make good asian food…

    Oh…and we’re ALL tasters! It makes it challenging to get a full meal on the table!

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  4. Where in Alabama are you from? I’m from Dothan area but currently living in Tuscaloosa. Roll Tide! :)

  5. Denise C. says:

    I’m a maker and a taster! I primarily cook, and taste as I go along. When it’s time to eat, I always serve my family first, and me last. Their ooohs and ahhhs (even over mac-n-cheese with hot dogs) is music to my ears! :)

    Have a great weekend!

  6. I’m definitely a taster! How else am I supposed to figure out if it needs more of this or that (or if I need to correct for too much of something)!? I even taste the dry mix before I add eggs to make sure the cookies will be alright (raw eggs make me sick). Most of my recipes are written accordingly: spice to taste with coriander, garlic, and so on… Makes them a little difficult to share but I’m working on it.

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  7. Kathie Cherry says:

    I am a maker that tastes! I love eating batter for desserts and love dipping into sauces, soups, and dips while getting them ready (got to check it).

    Their needs to be a category for my husband. He is a snacker~ snacks on things from the pantry while I cook… drives me NUTS! “Hey babe, I love you, but you’re pre-meal snacking is really jackin’ up my plan! I am cookin’ up a delish dish over here~ can’t you wait 5 minutes! I want you to be hungry bc everything tastes better when your hungry!”

    My man also steals bacon and I have to subtract it from his total number of pieces :). Tell your hubs his cooking is so yummy, you can’t resist a little taste!

    • Karen (Scotland) says:

      I do this too! The subtracting the meat from the end meal. I try to use meat as an accent rather than as the meal so it’s kind of crucial to have enough on everyone’s plate for enough flavour so anyone caught pinching bits and pieces has it deducted from the final meal.
      Especially me as I am the worst taster in the family…

  8. I am a taster, my husband is a maker. I really enjoyed this post. I never could understand why my husband gets so frustrated when I am nibbling (ahead of mealtime)on food that I make. Drives him crazy. He always religiously waits until the meal to sample the new dish etc.

    Now it makes a bit more sense to me! :)

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  9. I am a taster. My husband is a far better cook than me. Plus I tend to set things on fire. Best to keep me out of the preparation.

    I knew you were a Kindred Spirit (I’m from Birmingham).

  10. Is that a trick question? ;) I’m a maker and a taster. I have to taste what I’m making to make sure it’s seasoned just right. I guess when you’re the only one in the kitchen, you have to play both roles.

    Amanda @ Mommy’s Idea Book´s last post…Finding Balance for My Busy Life

  11. I feel like I am maker and taster both. Zenguy is taster, and my kids sometimes helps me so I guess they are like me maker and taster (at least one of them)

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  12. ooh – I’m a maker…can’t even tell you how many times I get to the end and DH asks how it tastes and I’m like…ummm…don’t know…haven’t tried it yet…oops! LOL

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  13. I must say, a make-it-up-as-you-go-cook tastes the whole time. I once mixed up the sugar canister with the salt canister, OOPS! That will make a taster out of anyone. I am not subracting meat, as I am a low carb fan, and it works for us. Hubby is 145 lbs down for 5 years now and I am -50 for the same. GO Dr A! Counting calories, those little planks of bacon add up.

  14. I’m both. Or maybe more accurately, when I’m the one cooking, I’m a Controller. If I deem an ingredient special enough or plentiful enough for Dan to have a taste of it before the final dish is ready, then I’m a gracious sharer with my taster. But if he just slips in and snacks on one of my ingredients without permission, I’m likely to get irritated. Doesn’t paint me in the best light, but it’s true!

    Sally Parrott Ashbrook´s last post…Six Days Without Sugar

  15. I brought up the Maker/Taster concept to The Man today, and while it has definite applications in the kitchen, I think you could take the idea even further.

    Who is the Maker and who is the Taster in your relationship?

    Who presents ideas and who questions and refines them?

    Are these roles clear cut or do they change based on the situation?

    You definitely gave us some food for thought. Thanks!

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  16. I am definitely a “taster” when I cook. It can drive my husband crazy, “Do you have to taste everything while you’re cooking?” he always asks! It’s funny because I AM the one who is cooking usually, not him! :)
    Also, War Eagle! I grew up in Huntsville and have lots of family in AL too so the state is close to my heart even though I don’t live there anymore.

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  17. I’m the maker and my husband and kiddos are the tasters. Although lately the kids have been wanting to cook more. So they are becoming the makers.

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  18. Oh, I am DEFINITELY a taster. I mean, I make a lot, but always with LOTS of tasting.

    Thanks for sharing a taste of your cookies yesterday. Are there any left? ;) If those were in my kitchen, they would have been LONG gone by now.

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  19. Hilarious! That bacon example applies to us precisely. My husband hides the bacon from me (seriously, he’ll stick it in a drawer ’til he’s done with the meal). And cookie dough… I’m stuffed by the time the cookies are ready. My 3yo is a serious taster too – but I’m guessing most 3yo’s are!

  20. I’m the maker and a BIG taster! My 4 kids are snitchers. :)

  21. Definitely am with you on eating so much cookie dough I’m over it by the time they’re out of the oven! Have fun exploring your new cookbooks!

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  22. I’m a taster! Most of the time I’ll make food for others and my dinner will be continously sampling while cooking!

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  23. I’m a taster! I mean, I make 90% of the food in our house, but I snack away the whole time I’m working on it.

  24. I’m a maker who lives with 3 tasters. Sometimes those tasters make it difficult to get a completed dish to the table but I love them all the same.

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  25. I am a maker ~ tasting only to taste for seasoning. However, my mother in law, husband, daughter and just about everyone that enters my kitchen is a taster. This can prove interesting at the holidays. :)

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  26. I am a maker! I love the How to Cook Everything cookbook. :-)

  27. I am a taster through and through! I have to chew gum on Thanksgiving just to be able to enjoy the meal!

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  28. I remember back when I went to UofAlabama, a “mixed marriage” was an Alabama alumnus married to an Auburn Alumnus, and once a year, on the day of the Iron Bowl, whole families would be divided.

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  29. I am a maker and a taster… but i have to share that I am from Hawaii and my hubby is from alabama. The very first time I met his family, I saw a stained glass lamp that said Crimson Tide. When I asked, “What is crimson tide?” you’d think I’d sprouted another head, as they shook their heads and probably declared, well bless her heart…

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