We’re cooking less and buying more prepared meals. Since the mid-sixties, the amount of time spent preparing meals has fallen by half. While the global trend is the same, Americans lead the way. They spend less time cooking than any other country.
One thing we do more of, however, is talk about cooking. Celebrity chefs are everywhere with books and television shows. The sad reality is that we spend more time watching food shows than we do thinking about and preparing our own meals.
On Farnam Street, an interesting look at Michael Pollan’s book, Food As Culture, of which he says that it connects us all. Indeed, meals are the first and most prevalent social network.