Will home cook­ing lose to take­out, de­liv­ery?

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 FOOD - By Ad­die Broyles abroyles@states­man.com Con­tact Ad­die Broyles at 512-912-2504. Twit­ter: @broylesa

If I’ve learned any­thing from this year’s South by South­west, it is that it’s eas­ier than ever to

not cook. I was on a panel last week with Phil Lem­pert, the Su­per­mar­ket Guru, Anna Tauzin Rice of the Texas Restau­rant As­so­ci­a­tion and Jag Bath, CEO of Fa­vor, where we talked for an hour about all the new ways that con­sumers are get­ting food to­day: in a box or bag de­liv­ered to their front door in ev­ery state of pro­duc­tion, from a CSA box with pro­duce fresh from the field to an on­line gro­cery de­liv­ery from In­stacart to a hot meal from Fa­vor to a meal kit from Blue Apron. (You can search the hash­tag #new­food­sxsw on Twit­ter to see au­di­ence tweets from the ses­sion.)

And all those op­tions are just for how we’re get­ting food at home.

How, where and why we buy food has changed at ev­ery meal — and ev­ery minute of snack­ing in be­tween. Ear­lier in the con­fer­ence, I heard a con­ver­sa­tion led by Epi­cu­ri­ous edi­tor David Ta­markin about the state of cook­ing and what we can or should do about it.

The pan­elists all had in­ter­est­ing an­swers. Go to Face­book to watch our livestreams, said the Food Net­work pro­ducer. Buy our meal kits, said the meal kit founder. Said the rep from 365 by Whole Foods Mar­ket on the panel: Come to our gro­cery store to buy fresh in­gre­di­ents to cook, or a meal kit, or a fully pre­pared meal that re­quires no cook­ing at all.

I’m not sure how cook­ing at home will evolve as rev­o­lu­tion­ary changes con­tinue to come down the pipe­line, but it was good to go over so many as­pects of the food sys­tem in some very good pan­els at this year’s SXSW.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the state of home cook­ing amid all this dis­rup­tion and in­no­va­tion in the food sys­tem. Do meal kits re­place trips to the gro­cery store or to a restau­rant? Where are the new places where peo­ple are learn­ing how to cook, be­sides the in­ter­net? Do you just pre­fer to get take­out? Share your thoughts at abroyles@states­man.com or 512-912-2504.


Home­made pad Thai might not taste ex­actly the same as your fa­vorite Thai restau­rant, but it’s fun to try to re-cre­ate those fla­vors at home.


Plated is one of many meal kit com­pa­nies that will de­liver gro­ceries to your door — but not all your gro­ceries, just the in­gre­di­ents for one or two of their meals.

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