Monday, June 08, 2020

The Home Cooking Gap

cookies in white ceramic bowl

Studies have found that many Millennials don't know how to cook something as simple as fried eggs or spaghetti with meatballs. A study by Porch, a company that connects home owners with home-repair professionals, found that only a third of Millennials can poach an egg (compared to 61 percent of Baby Boomers), half know how to roast a chicken (compared to 80 percent of Baby Boomers), and only 32 percent can make an apple pie from scratch. The one cooking skill where Millennials beat out other generations was making chocolate-chip cookies from ready-made dough. Part of this move away from home cooking is due to waning role models, since each generation has cooked at home less frequently than the one before. This trend is exacerbated by the elimination of home-economics courses in schools, which used to be mandatory for students. A US Department of Agriculture study in 2014 found that the total budget spent for the least convenient foods - unprocessed ingredients - had fallen to less than a quarter of household spending, and that the most convenient foods, purchased at fast-food and "fast-casual" or other sit-down restaurants, make up half of people's household food budget.

- From Left to Their Own Devices: How Digital Natives Are Reshaping the American Dream by Julie M. Albright

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