Our grandchildren won’t know how to cook own food
THANKS to the increasing popularity and cheap price of takeaways and ready meals, humans could forget the skill to cook within two generations.
Food expert and science writer Nicola Temple has warned that the skill may die out, in the same way the ability to sew, once considered a necessity, has dwindled.
Mrs Temple, who has published a book on processed food, told the Edinburgh International Science Festival that its popularity can be put down to simple convenience. More people are opting for ready meals because of the dwindling importance of the family unit and of sitting down together to eat, she said.
Single-person households are also more widespread and are less likely to make meals because it may seem too much effort or lead to wasted leftovers.
After asking how many in the audience would feel confident sewing their own outfit for an evening out, Mrs Temple said: “I definitely could not do that but my grandmother would have been able to do so and my greatgrandmother definitely would have been able to do so.
“In a couple of generations we have lost a skill, and we now rely entirely on clothing manufacturers to make our clothing. My question is, in a couple of generations are we potentially going to lose the skill of cook- ing? That is very concerning.”
The average person now spends 34 minutes cooking an evening meal, compared with an hour in the 1980s.
“People are obsessed with food, which means they are obsessed with watching cooking shows. But these people are not obsessed with making their own food,” Mrs Temple said.