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Old Oct 27th 2011, 05:37 PM
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Which food culture?

I'd argue that there are several food cultures within the US. Anything from the raw food guys to the slow food movement to the "I don't cook" people.
I think the "I don't cook" people make up the largest food culture in the US. I've seen statistics that show US consumers 'eat out' more often than any other people on the planet. Fast Food was invented for the US market.

The raw food and slow food movements are micro-tiny in comparison, and usually upscale and coastal only.
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I think the "I don't cook" people make up the largest food culture in the US...
I doubt that, though it's probably bigger than either of the others you mentioned. I suspect that "I don't cook" is primarily an urban phenomena. And, per force, it isn't available to families without a hefty amount of disposable income.
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Old Oct 28th 2011, 09:35 AM
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I doubt that, though it's probably bigger than either of the others you mentioned. I suspect that "I don't cook" is primarily an urban phenomena. And, per force, it isn't available to families without a hefty amount of disposable income.
Not if you include packaged meals, canned, dry and frozen. TV dinners, frozen pizza, noodle dishes and canned foods are staples in lower and lower-middle income families. Unless popping something in the microwave or oven can be termed cooking.
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I think the "I don't cook" people make up the largest food culture in the US. I've seen statistics that show US consumers 'eat out' more often than any other people on the planet. Fast Food was invented for the US market.
I'd be interested to see that. I picture Parisians eating out as much or more.

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The raw food and slow food movements are micro-tiny in comparison, and usually upscale and coastal only.
To an extent. I think that the labels are upscale. I think that middle America sure used to understand how to eat local, slow food - hunting, shopping at farmers' markets, etc. It's only in the last 60 years or so as subsidies have shifted production to this corn/soy bastardization that has eliminated the diversity of crops available country-wide that have made so much of that hard to get. That and people forgetting how to cook.

It is also quite interesting how popular things like Food TV are - people are interested in cooking, even though they don't do it as much as they could. I also think that there's a mystique around cooking - that it takes a lot of time and money - that a little education could get rid of. Of course, big agra has a vested interest in keeping Home Ec out of schools. They'd be in trouble if people figured out that they can scratch cook every night in 30 minutes, using real food, and likely end up losing weight and saving money in the process.
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Not if you include packaged meals, canned, dry and frozen. TV dinners, frozen pizza, noodle dishes and canned foods are staples in lower and lower-middle income families. Unless popping something in the microwave or oven can be termed cooking.
Noodle dishes aren't cooking?
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Noodle dishes aren't cooking?
Not the "just add water and stir" types.

Noodle dishes certainly can be 'cooking' but instant noodles in packages are not.
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I'd be interested to see that. I picture Parisians eating out as much or more.
A quick search in Google didn't turn up any comparison data. But it did supply lots of stats about US eating habits:

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Hard to find direct comparison data, but given that the US has more restaurants and more fast food places (per capita) than anywhere else in the world, the implication is obvious.
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Not the "just add water and stir" types.

Noodle dishes certainly can be 'cooking' but instant noodles in packages are not.
Top Ramen and other packaged noodles have a lot of expensive supermarket and convenience store shelf space which means they sell. As do the multitude of prepared macaroni dinners. The microwave was a big influence on decreasing home meal preparation.
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A quick search in Google didn't turn up any comparison data. But it did supply lots of stats about US eating habits:



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Hard to find direct comparison data, but given that the US has more restaurants and more fast food places (per capita) than anywhere else in the world, the implication is obvious.
Are we concentrating on dining out (whatever the fodder) or not cooking?
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Are we concentrating on dining out (whatever the fodder) or not cooking?
I was replying to pramjockey's inquiry.
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