Thursday, February 23, 2012

I cook, therefore I am

Two of my favourite economists, Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson, wrote this week on about how US families had outsourced chores. I felt saddened by their statement:

And yes, both husbands and wives cook, but really, let's not overstate it — most of us are just re-heating. The real culinary skills have been outsourced to specialists: the food laboratories that make pastas, sauces, soups and stews.

Oh dear. Really? I know Drs Wolfers and Stevenson live in the US and have high powered jobs. But it isn’t just Americans and executives falling into the no-cooking trap. People seem to have lost even basic cooking skills. A colleague in Japan mentioned the other day that his apartment doesn’t have a kitchen. There are so many good reasons to cook. Home cooking can save money and reduce waste, and allows you to control ingredients and portion sizes, thus providing health benefits.

Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated or boring or expensive. It can be joyful. Give it a go. There are plenty of easy and delicious recipes on this blog, if you’re wondering where to start …

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