- May 8, 2007
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Roomie and I were having this discussion, and I wanted to throw it out here. Culture can be passed down a lot of ways, but it seems like cooking is something that can be gone in as little as one generation. If all your ancestors since cave-men cooked, but your parent(s) rarely cooked ("cooked," as opposed to heating up microwave pizzas), then in just a single generation your family has made a huge step in losing its cooking culture. An incredible amount of young people can't even cook a few basic dishes, and/or eat more than half their meals out per week. If you eventually became interested in cooking, it might have come from a variety of sources. Maybe you wanted to eat more healthy, or eat more cheaply, or impress girlfriends. But, demographically, we're all eating more prepared meals than home-cooked ones. We're more likely to watch someone cook a meal on Food Network than we are to actually cook a similar meal. Ironically as the number of people living in the average house has decreased and the number of meals prepared at home as decreased, the size of the kitchen in new home construction has rapidly increased. I'm not entirely lucid at the moment but just wanted to post this up for thoughts, comments, derogatory slurs, etc.