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Don't Let Dinner Die
According to the Washington Post, less than 60 percent of dinners served at home were actually cooked at home last year. Only 30 years ago, the percentage was closer to 75 percent. Which means fewer and fewer people either don't know how to cook or just won't, and this is a loss greater than we realize.
Home cooking is a catalyst for bringing people together. We are losing the daily ritual of being seated together at the dinner table — without the intrusion of television — and learning to interact and share experiences and concerns, and to listen and learn the needs of others. The dinner table and food are the "props" that teach us how to interact and become considerate of others.
Home kitchens, despite the increase in designer appliances and cabinetry, are mostly empty and quiet places today, and now strangers prepare much of our food. Our supermarkets, which once considered restaurants and fast-food places the enemy, have joined the trend by enlarging their delis and serving ready-to-eat food they call home-replacement meals. Why are fewer people cooking dinner at home?
There are, of course, a multitude of reasons. As more households became two income families, there was less time it seemed. Less time in the day meant something had to give, and dinner was the first to go. It was easy for big commercial food companies to sell goods with the promise that boxes, cans, and bags of food could be ready to eat in minutes. Later, microwave ovens offered even quicker results with little cleanup necessary.
Another reason is the shaming that now goes along with cooking an eating, a new phenomenon that's done so much harm to the home cook. The voices say "eat organic,artisinal, local, farm raised, free-range, gluten-free, sugar-free, carb-free, fat-free, home-milled and home canned". Do NOT buy into this. Do what works for you. It's about time someone famous stood up for the right to choose what to eat.
Home cooked dinners can be simple and rewarding, as well as healthier and more economical than convenience and take-out food. Young children love to help, and when families cook together it can be a magical time. So many adults have childhood memories that involve dinnertime cooking and the warmth and security of being in a kitchen, creating something delicious and homemade with a beloved mother or grandmother. How big they felt when they were allowed to help, and the fun of stirring something in a bowl or adding ingredients to a dish.
Home cooking, especially dinner, creates memories and tells us who we are and where we come from. Don't let it die.