English Dialogues About Cooking

Hello everyone,

In today’s lesson, we will read 3 short English dialogues about favorite cooking.

Please pay attention to the phrases and new words. There are tons of them.

These dialogues will help boost your speaking as well as writing skills.

Let’s get started.

English Conversation about Cooking – 1

Alex: Hey, Jamie! What are you cooking today?

Jamie: Hi, Alex! I’m thinking of making a chicken stir-fry. How about you?

Alex: Sounds delicious! I’m planning to bake a lasagna. Do you have any tips for making a good stir-fry?

Jamie: Definitely! The key is to have everything prepped before you start cooking. Stir-frying is fast, so you need to have your veggies, meat, and sauce ready to go.

Alex: Good point. What vegetables do you usually use?

Jamie: I like a mix of bell peppers, broccoli, snap peas, and carrots. It adds a lot of color and crunch.

Alex: Nice! Do you have a go-to sauce?

Jamie: Yes, I usually make a simple sauce with soy sauce, garlic, ginger, a bit of honey, and some cornstarch to thicken it. What about your lasagna? Any special ingredients?

Alex: I like to add a layer of béchamel sauce along with the traditional marinara. It makes the lasagna extra creamy.

Jamie: Yum, that sounds amazing! Do you use ground beef or something else?

Alex: I use a mix of ground beef and Italian sausage. It adds a lot of flavor. Plus, I like to add some spinach and ricotta for extra texture.

Jamie: That’s a great idea. How long does it take to bake?

Alex: Usually about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how thick it is. I like to let it sit for a bit after baking so it sets properly.

Jamie: I bet it smells amazing while it’s baking.

Alex: It really does! The whole house smells like an Italian restaurant. Do you have any tips for making the perfect stir-fry sauce?

Jamie: Besides the ingredients I mentioned, I think it’s important to taste as you go. Sometimes a little more soy sauce or a splash of rice vinegar can make a big difference.

Alex: That makes sense. Do you cook the sauce separately or add it straight to the stir-fry?

Jamie: I usually add it straight to the stir-fry once the vegetables and meat are almost done. It helps everything coat nicely.

Alex: Got it. I’ll have to try making stir-fry sometime soon. It sounds so easy and healthy.

Jamie: It really is. And you can customize it with whatever ingredients you have on hand. Enjoy your lasagna, Alex!

Alex: Thanks, Jamie! Enjoy your stir-fry. Maybe we can swap leftovers sometime!

Jamie: That sounds like a plan!

English Conversation about Cooking – 2

Sarah: Hey, Mark! What’s on the menu for dinner tonight?

Mark: Hi, Sarah! I’m planning to make some homemade pizza. What about you?

Sarah: That sounds fun! I’m thinking of trying out a new Thai curry recipe. Any tips for making great pizza dough?

Mark: Definitely! I like to let the dough rise for at least a couple of hours. It makes the crust really nice and airy. Do you have all the ingredients for your curry?

Sarah: Yep, I went shopping earlier. I got coconut milk, Thai red curry paste, chicken, and a bunch of veggies. I’ve never made it from scratch before, so I’m a bit nervous.

Mark: You’ll do great! Just make sure to balance the flavors. Thai cuisine is all about the right mix of sweet, salty, sour, and spicy. Taste as you go!

Sarah: That’s a good tip. Do you use a special sauce for your pizza?

Mark: I keep it simple. Just a good quality canned tomato sauce, some olive oil, garlic, and a few Italian herbs like oregano and basil. How spicy do you like your curry?

Sarah: I like it pretty spicy, but I’m not sure how hot this curry paste is. I think I’ll start with a little and add more if needed.

Mark: That’s smart. You can always add more heat, but you can’t take it out. What veggies are you using?

Sarah: I have bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, and some baby corn. I think they’ll go well with the curry.

Mark: Sounds like a great mix. Are you serving it with rice or noodles?

Sarah: Rice, for sure. I have some jasmine rice that will be perfect. How about toppings for your pizza?

Mark: I’m keeping it classic tonight: pepperoni, mushrooms, and mozzarella. Maybe a few fresh basil leaves after it’s out of the oven.

Sarah: Yum, that sounds perfect. How do you bake your pizza? Do you use a pizza stone?

Mark: Yes, a pizza stone really helps get that crispy crust. I preheat it in the oven so it’s super hot when the pizza goes on. Makes a big difference.

Sarah: I’ll have to try that next time I make pizza. Thanks for the tip! Any advice for getting the curry just right?

Mark: Just be patient and let the flavors meld together. And don’t forget a squeeze of lime at the end—it really brightens everything up.

Sarah: I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks, Mark! Enjoy your pizza night.

Mark: Thanks, Sarah! Have fun with your curry. Let me know how it turns out!

Sarah: Will do! Maybe we can trade recipes next time.

Mark: Sounds like a plan. Happy cooking!

English Conversation about Cooking – 3

Emily: Hey, Chris! What are you cooking tonight?

Chris: Hi, Emily! I’m planning to make a classic spaghetti carbonara. How about you?

Emily: That sounds delicious! I’m going to try my hand at a vegetable paella. Do you have any secrets for a perfect carbonara?

Chris: Absolutely! The key is to mix the eggs and cheese off the heat to avoid scrambling the eggs. I also use guanciale for a traditional touch, but pancetta works too. How do you make your paella?

Emily: I start by sautéing onions, garlic, and bell peppers. Then I add tomatoes, green beans, artichokes, and peas. The most important part is the saffron-infused broth. It gives the dish its signature flavor and color.

Chris: That sounds amazing. Do you use a specific type of rice?

Emily: Yes, I use bomba rice. It absorbs the flavors really well without getting mushy. Do you add cream to your carbonara?

Chris: No, traditional carbonara doesn’t use cream. The creaminess comes from the eggs and cheese. Just make sure to mix everything quickly while the pasta is hot.

Emily: I’ll remember that. Do you cook the pasta until it’s fully done before mixing it with the sauce?

Chris: I cook it until it’s just al dente, then finish it in the pan with the guanciale and a bit of pasta water to make it nice and creamy. How do you get that perfect socarrat in your paella?

Emily: The trick is to cook the paella on high heat for the last few minutes without stirring. It forms a crispy layer at the bottom that’s so flavorful.

Chris: That sounds incredible. Do you serve your paella with anything on the side?

Emily: Sometimes I serve it with a simple green salad and a slice of lemon to squeeze over the top. It adds a nice fresh touch. What cheese do you use for your carbonara?

Chris: I use Pecorino Romano. It has a sharp, salty flavor that really stands out. Are there any special spices you add to your paella?

Emily: Besides saffron, I use smoked paprika. It adds a wonderful depth of flavor. Any tips for making sure the eggs in carbonara don’t scramble?

Chris: Just remove the pan from heat before you add the egg and cheese mixture, and toss everything quickly. The residual heat will cook the eggs perfectly without scrambling them.

Emily: Got it. I’ll have to try making carbonara sometime. It sounds so rich and comforting.

Chris: You should! It’s surprisingly simple but so satisfying. Good luck with your paella!

Emily: Thanks, Chris! Enjoy your carbonara. Maybe we can cook together sometime.

Chris: That would be great! Cooking is always more fun with friends.


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English Dialogues: A Textbook of Spoken English with Dialogues

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