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cooking dream meaning


Cooking is an ideal skill for anybody wishing to start a family or run a household. The ideal partner is often someone who is able to cook well and to plan creative meals.

The cook is the most important member of any restaurant and one of the most important members of the family, since this person provides the nutrition and comfort needed to survive.


Dreaming about cooking can symbolize creativity or the way we nurture and comfort others. It could also symbolize the future and your hopes for your family. Cooking is associated with overall health and wellness in the waking world.

In your dream you may have…

  • Cooked something.
  • Seen someone else cooking.
  • Tried to cook unsuccessfully.
  • Set out on an impossible cooking task.
  • Cooked for several people or only for yourself.
  • Cooked either at home or at a restaurant/someone else’s home.
  • Cooked an intimate dinner.
  • Cooked something strange/inedible.
  • Cooked something nutritious.
  • Cooked something pretty.
  • Done some cooking with another person.

Positive changes are afoot if…

  • You or a loved one cooked for your family.
  • You were successful, creative, or healthy in your cooking.
  • You cooked with another person.

Detailed dream interpretation…

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If you were the person who was cooking in the dream, then you are expressing a desire to comfort and nurture other people. Everybody needs another person in their life to take care of; it’s part of human nature. If you already have these people in your life, then you are trying to figure out how to take better care of their needs. If you do not necessarily have these kinds of people in your life, then you are still looking.

If you were cooking for yourself, you are concerned about your own health and nutrition. If you were cooking for someone else in the dream, then you tend to put other people’s needs ahead of your own. Your subconscious is asking you to take some time off to take care of you.

If you were unsuccessful at cooking, then you are afraid your nurturing skills are unappreciated or unsuccessful. You feel ignored by the people you love the most, and you are not sure whether it is because they do not notice you or because you are not showing them enough attention. If you did not finish cooking, then there is something or someone missing from your life.

If you cooked at a restaurant rather than at a home, then you are looking for a charitable act. You feel like your only concern is yourself and the people around you, but you know that there are people who are much more needy of what you can provide. Try volunteering at a soup kitchen, or running in a charity event to put your mind at ease.


If you prepared an intimate meal/dessert for two, then you are looking to do something romantic in the near future. If someone else helped you cook in the dream, then there is already someone in your life with whom you feel complete trust and comfort. Even if you do not realize it, this person will always be there to cheer you up and make you feel at ease.

If you are unsure of what you cooked or it looked strange and new, you are expressing your creative side. This can also be said if the dish looked especially decorative. If the meal cooked in the dream was nutritious, then you are taking the right steps toward your own well-being. Thinking about your health is one thing, but now it is time to take action.

This dream is in association with the following scenarios in your life…

  • The way you treat other people.
  • Finding the ideal partner.
  • Your family’s health and wellness.
  • Creativity in all areas of life.
  • Nurturing and comforting others.
  • The future and your family’s future.

Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of cooking…

Comforted. Hungry. Full. Satisfied. Fulfilled. Empty. Needy. Helpful. Productive. Creative. Imaginative. Nurturing. Busy. Loved. Appreciated.


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