Are You Guilty of The Joy of Not Cooking?

Are You Guilty of The Joy of Not Cooking?

Megan Gordon
Apr 21, 2011

Recently we stumbled across an article in The Atlantic that discussed The Joy of Not Cooking. The gist?

People aren't cooking as much as they used to yet their kitchens are getting nicer and nicer. The author of The Atlantic piece, Megan McArdle, claims that so many folks all have Kitchen Aid mixers and fancy knives yet a large number of them go relatively untouched. The irony? Before we had all of these modern conveniences, people got by in the kitchen just fine. Today, for many busy couples and families, the kitchen is often less a place of work and more a place of leisure. So then, McArdle asks, "Why are we spending so much money on a place where we spend so little time?"

Perhaps people tend to romanticize the kitchen as a gathering space or a place to simply pursue new, exciting hobbies rather than a room where actual work takes place. We'd love to know what you think: is there a reason for gawking or buying new kitchen products that you have an inkling you may never use? Are you, perhaps, guilty of The Joy of Not Cooking?

Related: Home Cooking: Laurie Colwin on Luxury and Frugality

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