Italian has two different verbs for the English verb “to cook“.
CUCINARE – CUOCERE
“preparare e cuocere il cibo“
It refers to the (1) steps to the preparation of a dish, cooking it, (2) know how to do it or (3) the way you do it in general.
- -> steps – Oggi cucino le lasagne
- -> know – So cucinare le lasagne
- -> the way – Mia madre è bravissima a cucinare tutti i tipi di lasagne
Refers to what happens to the food so it is ready to eat using fire and heat it.
It means to turn something from the row into cooked/backed.
✎ La polenta cuoce in 30 minuti
✎ Cuocere le patate al forno
✎ Cuocere in forno per 20 minuti