Friday, July 31, 2009

Average Joe (or only Jane?) spends half an hour a day preparing food (and four minutes cleaning up)...

From this NY Times Magazine article:
Today the average American spends a mere 27 minutes a day on food preparation (another four minutes cleaning up); that’s less than half the time that we spent cooking and cleaning up when Julia arrived on our television screens. It’s also less than half the time it takes to watch a single episode of “Top Chef” or “Chopped” or “The Next Food Network Star.” What this suggests is that a great many Americans are spending considerably more time watching images of cooking on television than they are cooking themselves — an increasingly archaic activity they will tell you they no longer have the time for.

Well, in our house we are over those numbers. Actually, if I take it that we have 2 adults in our house, about an hour is spent on food prep... that might be reasonable. So perhaps we are just average. However, the cleanup... even if I combine that twice 4 minutes, we take way longer than 8 minutes to clean up from the cooking. Perhaps we do need a dishwasher... Or a TV show that shows how to do it.

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