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Men, Women and Cooking Today

Bada Bing | Jun 19, 2010 12:45 PM

I hesitate to start such a wide-open topic--and one that people even might get "flamey" about--but curiosity to see what Hounds might say drives me on. All my adult life (I'm 47), I have had the impression that men in my age group more often "enjoy" cooking than do women. The odds seem 50/50 or better that when I meet a married couple my age (in my "circle"), the man will be the one who goes bigger into cooking.

But I've never examined this perception systematically. It could be just wrong. I attended a casual cooking class at an upscale supermarket some evenings ago, and it was definitely more women than men. So maybe I'm unwittingly sexist and take more notice when men are interested cooks. But even if I'm right, I don't know if this is true for other age groups, or maybe other demographic groups (I'm an academic and surrounded by more than the average of highly educated and often relatively "liberal" people).

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