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You're (Probably) A Better Cook Than Your Mother

Think no one can hold a candle to mom’s home cooking? Think again. Odds are good that you’re a better cook than your mother was, the Telegraph reports.

Or at least a more adventurous one. Their survey found that modern mamas know 25 percent more recipes than the housewives of the 1970s and 1980s, and we’re more acquainted with international cuisines. This is a British study, so it’s not a sure thing that it holds true for those of us on this side of the pond, but it’s right on in my household.

My mom is an awe-inspiring lady in many ways, but gifted in the kitchen she’s not. Neither am I; my husband does most of the cooking. Still, I regularly put meals on the table that include ingredients I’d never heard of growing up.

Not only is our family’s dinner menu more eclectic than the one I grew up with, I suspect it of being healthier too. We eat more fresh veggies and fewer processed foods. I still rely on a lot of my childhood comfort foods, especially when we’re rushed or stressed. My kids eat more mac & cheese than I’d like to admit. But they eat a lot of other things, too.

This jives with the Telegraph’s report, which says:

While today’s mothers cook many of the meals they enjoyed as children, they have a more varied menu, which includes home-made pasta dishes and home-made pizzas.

The survey found that 57 per cent of mothers aged 50 and over admit their daughters cook a wider range of dishes for the family now than they ever did.

We’re definitely a more foodie household than the one I grew up in, as are most of my friends’ houses (if their choice of playdate snacks and dinner party fare can be trusted). The people around me talk about food more, and spend more time and money on it, than I recall from my own childhood.

How about you? Are you a better cook than your mom? Do you have more recipes at your fingertips?

Photo: Steven DePolo

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