The statement "if you can read, you can cook" is widely popular, but is it actually true? This article examines the truth of this statement. It looks into the importance of reading recipes, following instructions and learning culinary techniques, as well as the need to have some level of cooking experience. It is concluded that while the statement is true in some respects, it is not a guarantee that someone who can read will be able to cook successfully. Therefore, reading is only one part of the equation when it comes to cooking.