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Why Lana Cooks

What's going on here?

  • In this video, Lana, a University of Oregon student shares her thoughts on cooking. Cooking plays an important part in her family as it brings people together. She finds it satisfying to cook for herself as well as for others. It is a way for her to feel close and connect with her dad - her parents are divorced, so she grew up spending more time with her mum than her dad. Nowadays, when she visits her dad, grandmother, and brother, they will cook and eat a family meal together.


  • Lana's dad had a restaurant in San Francisco where he was also a chef. Her mum also worked there as a singer.

  • When her parents eventually got divorced, her dad moved far away. Lana stayed with her mum, while her brother stayed with their dad.

  • This meant that he missed a lot of her formative years.

  • Nevertheless, the pair bonded over their love for cooking.

  • She believes that she has inherited a lot of her dad's cooking practices and attitude towards food.

  • Cooking is an emotion for Lana, she always puts her heart into it.

Useful Vocabulary:

  • Put one's heart into (something)

  • formative years

  • coming-of-age period

  • bring people together

  • a family meal

Discussion Questions:

  1. How did you feel watching the video? What are some thoughts that popped up when you watched Lana talk about cooking?

  2. Do you share the same attitude as Lana towards cooking? Why/why not?

  3. Do you cook as a hobby or out of necessity? Why?

  4. Would you ever consider going to cooking classes in the future? If yes, what type of cooking class? If no, what kind of classes would you prefer?

  5. Lana used an array of expressions to describe her love for cooking. Listen to the video again and pick one word/phrase that you like, and try to make a sentence with it. Share it in the comments below.

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