British Food Writer Thinks Feminism has Killed Good Cooking

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Rose Prince, a British food writer, thinks that feminism has killed the art of good home cooking. Prince bases her argument on women going to work and not having time to spend all day cooking for their children and her family. She also believes this has directly led to the increase in the consumption of fast food and the obesity epidemic. Clearly, feminists are responsible for all of the ills of the world, right down to childhood obesity.

In a related vein, it’s apparent that the popularity of cable TV cooking shows, especially those hosted by women, are more about sex than food (this is partially true, as there is …

an entire website devoted to Giada de Laurentis’s cleavage). Prince, in my opinion, is either seriously warped or some sort of right wing plant from the mold of Sarah Palin and the other Mama Grizzlies.

Prince believes that since women are naturally more nurturing, they are automatically the ones who are in charge of upholding home cooking (and indeed, she blames women for the backsliding; nevermind that the kitchen has often been one of the least fun places to be). Men who cook, while worthy of praise, are merely embracing their inner feminine side. For Prince, being a woman means running your home and making good food for your family to eat. While these are good goals, she fails to consider that many women cannot take the entire day just to chop, bake and boil because they need to go out and earn the money that puts that food on the table in the first place. Despite having to actually work for a living and not always being able to make lamb chops and toffee pudding every night (that would be delicious, though), women are no less feminine because of it.

Prince’s idea that women also don’t want to cook is completely misguided, as many women use cooking as a source of pride (this is likely due in no small part to the growth of gourmet cooking shows and the slow food/locavore movements). These movements, plus a general better availability of fresh food, means that it is now easier to make a nutritious meal than the heyday of anti-feminism, the 1950′s (my father remembers much of the food coming from cans or the freezer). Although it is also easier to have an unhealthy, processed meal, it is the fast-paced, financially-driven lifestyle, not feminism and women’s opportunities, that have made people cook less.


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8 thoughts on “British Food Writer Thinks Feminism has Killed Good Cooking

  1. “it is the fast-paced, financially-driven lifestyle, not feminism and women’s opportunities, that have made people cook less.”
    Yep, totally agree. Freedom of choice and fast food allowed Women to cook less? OHMIGOD! NO WAI!
    I forget where I read it, but the eating process is on the list of human time sinks, especially if your the one cooking. Time to get the ingredients, prepare them, cook them all at the right time and right rates, and then eat them. Is it not 1-2 hours start to fin for one meal(if your a fast eater)? I know when I timed dinner with my watching Heroes I would often not be finished by the time the show went off. That is an hour just to eat.
    Instant dinner anyone? Feminists did not create the instant dinner.
    This is just another example of perceived guilt/sexism stemming from feminism. Pointing out that women themselves can also suffer from it.

  2. Well, what the hell is my excuse? I’m a SAHM, actually love cooking, am really good at it, and still don’t do it half the time.

    Maybe feminism is to blame not because women left the home to join the workforce, but because it allowed women to say “screw you, pick something up for dinner. i’m fucking tired.”

  3. I love to cook, I especially love to cook with fresh, hand picked ingredients, and make everything from scratch. But it is extremely time consuming and exhausting. If I had the time and the energy, I would, everyday. Sometimes if there’s a particular treat, like a cake, a specific cake I have in mind that I want, it takes, literally all day. You think, “Oh, cake, yeah, that’s fun. It’s easy. Even from scratch, no problem. I can do it in…what an hour?”, when actually, no. It’s four hours later and you still have a mess to clean up.

    Excuse me for having to leave the house to make money, instead of sitting around on the computer at home writing “critiques” about food.

    Pull out whatever’s up your butt, please.

  4. Maybe it is because she is british. The food is *really* bad here. I have yet to meet one person who can cook other than my french flatmate- we cook great meals together. I had to help a girl across the way make pasta! It isn’t even that the people in my building aren’t willing to try it, they just never learned sensible ways to put meals together, especially on a budget.

  5. I love the picture on this post.

    And I think this food writer got her dates mixed up. The feminist movement happened AFTER the frozen, preserved food heyday of the 50s, not the other way around. Alzaetia may have a point, though. Feminism allowed women to say “I’m tired, get your food yourself,” instead of slaving away in the kitchen all day no matter the circumstances.

  6. The issues of food and running a household have little to do with feminism and a lot to do with privilege. Long before feminism emerged as a movement, wealthy women hired servants and dined on good food in fine restaurants. Many people do need to improve their diet, but if parents – not just mothers – are to focus more on what they are feeding their children, then feminist principles could play a role by mothers insisting on more equality through greater participation from all able-bodied members of the household, enlisting Dad or an older child in the preparation of a meal, along with the cleaning, laundering, hoovering, ironing, shopping, household admin and wage-earning – not to mention the dispensing of love and affection.

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