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    Hello, I am trying to translate a sentence from my native language into English and not sure if it is correct.

    My mum is the best. She tries to cook for everybody's tastes in the family.

    or should I use: She tries to cater for everybody's tastes in the family. ??

    or a different way to say it?


    thank you very much

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    Re: cook

    Quote Originally Posted by Encolpius View Post
    Hello, I am trying to translate a sentence from my native language into English and not sure if it is correct.

    My mum is the best. She tries to cook for everybody's tastes in the family.

    or should I use: She tries to cater for everybody's tastes in the family. ??

    or a different way to say it?


    thank you very much
    You could say,
    > "When she cooks, she tries to please everyone in the family."
    > "When she cooks, she tries to accommodate everyone's tastes."

    "caters to" is actually the perfect word, as long as your readers will understand you.
    > "When she cooks, she tries to cater to everyone's preferences."

    My mother used to say, "I'm not a short-order cook, you know. I can't cook something different for everyone."

    A "short-order" cook is a cook in a diner. Everyone who comes in orders something different. But all the items on the menu are "short-order" -- rapidly prepared food like fried eggs or burgers (as opposed to quality dining where elaborate dishes are prepared.)

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    Re: cook

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    You could say,
    > "When she cooks, she tries to please everyone in the family."
    > "When she cooks, she tries to accommodate everyone's tastes."

    "caters to" is actually the perfect word, as long as your readers will understand you.
    > "When she cooks, she tries to cater to everyone's preferences."

    My mother used to say, "I'm not a short-order cook, you know. I can't cook something different for everyone."

    A "short-order" cook is a cook in a diner. Everyone who comes in orders something different. But all the items on the menu are "short-order" -- rapidly prepared food like fried eggs or burgers (as opposed to quality dining where elaborate dishes are prepared.)
    In Australia, NZ and the UK, "cater for" is correct rather than our North American variant, "cater to."

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    Re: cook

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    ... My mother used to say, "I'm not a short-order cook, you know. I can't cook something different for everyone."...
    Thank you, brilliant answer.
    And how about this version:

    I can't cook something different by everyone's tastes.

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