Italian Verbs Cucinare VS Cuocere




Italian has two different verbs for the English verb “to cook“.

CUCINARE – CUOCERE


→ CUCINARE

 

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.

 

EXAMPLES:

 

  1. -> steps – Oggi cucino le lasagne
  2. -> know – So cucinare le lasagne
  3. -> the way – Mia madre è bravissima a cucinare tutti i tipi di lasagne

 


→ CUOCERE

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.

 

EXAMPLES:

 

La polenta cuoce in 30 minuti

Cuocere le patate al forno

Cuocere in forno per 20 minuti



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