Heated up over cooking

Written By: Kathy Price-Robinson - May• 29•07

KittykitchenI disagree with Ask the Builder columnist Tim Carter, who stated: “I think in the future people are going to be tired of cooking.”

Carter was quoted in a Liz Pulliam Weston piece on remodeling trends, and he went on to say that pricey kitchen remodels may not make sense if people aren’t going to be cooking.

I have a question: “What?”

Tired of cooking? How about tired of breathing? I say we’ve peaked (or bottomed out) on fast food and processed food and we’re going in the opposite direction, toward real food and home cooking.

I cook for myself everyday. I cook for my husband (sometimes). I’ve been cooking my dog’s food for years (long before it was trendy).

And when we invite the family over for Sunday dinner, it doesn’t involve a bucket of anything. As the guest arrive, they are nearly intoxicated from aromas of baking bread (from the bread maker; I’m not so pure I need to knead). My latest craze is adding honey and finely chopped nuts to the recipe. Now when I ask people what I can send home with them after dinner, it’s the bread they want.

Tired of cooking? Not me. You?


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  1. Ann says:

    I cook 95% of our meals, but only because I’ve opted out of the workforce to stay home with my little one and need to be budgetwise for the time being. Most people I know bring home takeout from nice restaurants, not fast food, 4-5 times a week for dinner and eat in their beautifully remodeled, mostly unused, kitchens. I can appreciate, how for a period of time with children, takeout can really reduce stress if your income allows it. Not to mention, I miss the takeout from my favorite Indian restaurant!

  2. Kathy Price-Robinson says:

    Thanks, Ann, for reminding me of that middle ground between fast food and home-cooked food, and that is take-out from your favorite restaurant. I guess I just want people to cook more because it’s so emotionally nourishing. But realty intrudes. And I guess there are those who never cook. As I heard today at a building conference, the new kitchen work triangle for these folks is: freezer, microwave, dishwasher.

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