Where have all the good cooks gone?

August 3, 2018

Sometimes, information can startle us even though it’s not all that surprising.

A case in point appeared in the Life section of the Daily Journal on Tuesday. A story, which ran on page A6, focused on a Harvard Business Review report that showed only 10 percent of Americans love to cook. Meanwhile, 45 percent hate it, and another 45 percent are indifferent.

This shouldn’t be surprising as we live in a fast-food culture that has us consuming increasingly more fast food and other items served at restaurants. Where going out to eat was once an occasional treat, many people now do it most, if not all, days of the week.

Now don’t get the wrong idea. Dining out should not be looked upon as an inadvisable act. It’s a way to boost the local economy, and it also provides an ideal way to gather with family and friends.

But know that your caloric intake will go up and your disposable income level down by overindulging.

Various studies show restaurant meals typically contain higher amounts of sodium, saturated fat, total fat and overall calories than home-cooked meals.

A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows the average American household spends $3,008 per year on dining out. That amounts to $250 per month. It’s not hard to imagine how any household could trim that cost by eating more at home.

Lastly, the guess here is those people who hate cooking never have given it much of a try. It’s one of the oldest activities known to humankind, and those who do it well, will forever hold an important place in society.

Give it a try, or a second try if that initial experience didn’t go well.

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