I am only half-way through Mark Bittman’s Cooking Solves Everything and my brain is already whizzing. I’m going around quoting statistics and asking everyone I know questions about their food habits. I’ve exhausted my in-your-face friends and now I’m going to tackle you, my online friends.
According to Mr. Bittman, Americans don’t bother to cook anymore. He said, “Seven percent of Americans say they never cook; 30 percent say they cook three or four times a week.” He said most Americans “rely on anything but cooking to put breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the table.”
I’m having a hard time believing those statistics. I’m not saying Mr. Bittman is wrong. He is a reliable source, a member of the New York Times staff. (I’ve read his column for many years, here.) It’s just that most people I know cook at home. Is my impression wrong? It could be that I only know home cooks, but still – one-third of Americans only cook three or four times a week???
I’ve decided to conduct my own informal survey. I’m asking all of you to participate. Here’s what I want to know:
It only requires a little simple math. I’m asking you to concerned on the three main meals a day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don’t count snacks, unless a snack is your meal, such as popcorn (see last week’s post). For one week, that’s 21 meals. Think back to a recent, typical week. Deduct from 21 meals all the times you didn’t cook.
21 total meals possible
-1 dinner out on Saturday night
-1 ordered pizza
-1 brought home take-out food
-5 bought lunch while at work
13 total meals cooked at home
The survey is located in the right side bar. (See the black and white place setting.) I’ll let you know the results and more about Mark Bittman’s latest book on Saturday, January 28th. The survey will end January 27th.
One clarification: If you eat a home-cooked meal at a friend’s or family member’s home, that counts as a home-cooked meal.
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