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Let’s Stop Idealizing the
Home-Cooked Family Dinner

Slate, by Amanda Marcotte

Original Article

Posted By:earlybird, 9/4/2014 8:23:46 AM

The home-cooked meal has long been romanticized, from ’50s-era sitcoms to the work of star food writer Michael Pollan, who once wrote, “far from oppressing them, the work of cooking approached in the proper spirit offered a kind of fulfillment and deserved an intelligent woman’s attention.” In recent years, the home-cooked meal has increasingly been offered up as the solution to our country´s burgeoning nutrition-related health problems of heart disease and diabetes. But while home-cooked meals are typically healthier than restaurant food, sociologists Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott, and Joslyn Brenton from North Carolina State University argue that the stress that

You´re gonna love this one. NewsBusters describes Marcotte as an "ultra left-wing blogger". You betcha...

Mooch took care of this in Chicago by getting her home-cooked meals from then-restaurauteur Sam Kass.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 9/4/2014 8:28:38 AM     (No. 9993009)

Oy, vey... When she warms to her subject, after getting past the economics of having to buy fresh ingredients, cooking in rooms that have only microwaves (and cockroaches), and generally describing the middle-class American kitchen as a hopeless hovel where no one could cook, she goes to work on husbands, boyfriends, and fussy kids. And how disheartening their whiny complaints are to the littlel woman.

Like Sandra Fluke, Marcotte will NEVER have to worry about contraception as reasons for using them will never ever get within a country mile of her.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 9/4/2014 8:29:58 AM     (No. 9993012)

The solution, of course, is for the government to take all of your earnings and then provide you with the food that they approve.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 9/4/2014 8:30:37 AM     (No. 9993013)

Just another attack on American family traditions.

The left is going nuts about anything and everything as they see their ideology wilt under the light of truth. Hate, hate, hate.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Country Boy, 9/4/2014 8:34:51 AM     (No. 9993019)

Push to have McDonalds, Kentucky Fried, etc. (all take-out junk food) added to Food Stamp program.

Have to add some big free programs to keep the LOFOs on the reservation.

Nearly 50 years of the "Great Society", $trillions later, and nothing has worked.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Patchy groundfog, 9/4/2014 8:35:31 AM     (No. 9993022)

Articles like these are the usual straw man argument but they do give an unwitting hint as to the mindset of the left. To wit: they know there is and always will be such a thing as Normal and they, with their maladjusted ´non-traditional´ families, will never be Normal.

Anyone who has grown up with a loving two parent household knows the value of family time. Meals were the most common opportunity for same but there are others. The preparation, presentation and enjoyment of food is an expression of love, giving and thanks every day of the year.

As usual, the disdain for tradition is meant to advance various leftist causes ie. illegitimacy and the welfare state.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: skedaddle, 9/4/2014 8:35:33 AM     (No. 9993023)

Well if 150 woman and 12 in-depth families over 250 hours can´t put dinner on the table, then it must be impossible. s/o

I´m dismayed at the loss of cooking skills over my 50 years of life. My grandmother supplied home-cooked food to her children every day during the Depression and WW2, all the while working full-time at a variety of labor-intensive jobs. It takes a little knowledge and planning is all. I can put some dinners on the table in less time than a pizza can be delivered to my house (or baked from frozen). Where have all the crockpots gone?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Muncssister, 9/4/2014 8:35:40 AM     (No. 9993024)

Are you a poor, dumb, stressed out woman who can´t pull together a meal for your family in your pest infested kitchen? Don´t worry! Mother government will provide your children with three square meals at school, for FREE!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Emerson, 9/4/2014 8:36:21 AM     (No. 9993027)

As another blogger points out,

This post is so bad it has three different titles:

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner

Let’s Stop Idealizing the Home-Cooked Family Dinner

Home-Cooked Family Dinners: A Major Burden for Working Mothers

Have a look at Amanda here:


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Reply 9 - Posted by: miceal, 9/4/2014 8:36:24 AM     (No. 9993028)

I am retired and a house husband as my sweet wife, who is also retired from the USAF, has begun a second career in the public school sector here in Mississippi. We have been together going on 23 years and she has cooked for me twice. She can cook but I choose to take on that responsibility along with everything else so she can focus on her first love...teaching little kids about the joy and wonder of reading. Oh, and I can and do home cooked meals for her and our friends. No complaints and lots of back slaps and thumbs ups too.....

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Emerson, 9/4/2014 8:40:47 AM     (No. 9993035)

Re that link at #9, I missed this:

The first thing I noticed was that Amanda didn’t include any personal anecdotes. Doesn’t a 37 year old unmarried feminist with no kids have lots of experience at preparing family dinners?

She isn´t upset about cooking dinner. How could she be? She has "other issues". No husband, no boyfriend, and no whiny kids. And an obvious familiarity with cockroaches and "bugs" in kitchens.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 9/4/2014 8:45:38 AM     (No. 9993041)

Feminist clap trap! The number of men cooking the meals have vastly increased. How does that put more stress on a woman? Or is it she feels guilty cause she isn´t doing her ´duty?´ They exclude the studies of the importance of family meals. Over and over it has been shown how a family meal at home improves the dynamics, communication and stability of a family. Oh wait, feminist are all about instability and romanticize the glory of being a single mother raising kids. Feminist believe a man is a useless appendge this days and a woman can do it all EXCEPT cook for the family!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: squid, 9/4/2014 8:46:00 AM     (No. 9993044)

You can sense the "Stress" Amanda Marcotte feels having to live up to an ideal that she couldn´t (in a million years) live up to. So she attacks it.

So her maturity (or lack of it) is in full view. If you don´t like something, then do something else. If you cannot produce a "Home-Cooked Family Dinner," then you produce something else and take pleasure in it.

Immature people respond to things they can´t do by attacking them...

For my part, my Home-Cooked Fried Chicken smothered in Fried Chicken Gravy beats KFC any day of the week.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Keekng, 9/4/2014 8:46:20 AM     (No. 9993045)

Marcotte appears to be a tolerable person, then she opens her mouth.
What could be less believable than a left wing blogger and a couple sociologists from academia.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: MattMusson, 9/4/2014 8:47:25 AM     (No. 9993048)

Liberal Control and the Nanny State:

"You will eat what I tell you too. And, you
will like it!"

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Reply 15 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 9/4/2014 8:52:06 AM     (No. 9993057)

Liberalism really is a mental disorder, isn´t it?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: PChristopher, 9/4/2014 8:54:49 AM     (No. 9993068)

sociologists...argue that the stress that cooking puts on people, particularly women, may not be worth the trade-off.

Typical Progressives trying to again tear at the fabric of society through the back door.

It has nothing to do with nutrition, it has to do with the family being together and actually talking as a family and living as a family and that´s something that they can´t stand. If it´s too stressful for Progressive wives, tough. Frankly, I think Progressives should be treated as if they were a branch of ISIS.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: maryc, 9/4/2014 8:59:10 AM     (No. 9993076)

There´s a farmers market right down the street from NCSU which happens to be a school deeply rooted in NC agriculture. Fresh vegetables are plentiful and cheap . Teaching our children how to cook is a great way to educate them as well. Tutoring an inner city child awakened me to the fact that children who were never part of the process of buying and preparing (whether cared for by either parent or grandparent) didn´t even know the concepts associated with that process like choosing small medium or large fruit. The child didn´t know what that meant. When the government takes over with housing food and education it does not raise independent productive children. They are totally helpless except for the anger, bitterness and lack of any self esteem . Forever failed and imprisoned in the government system. Just what the left wants.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Keekng, 9/4/2014 9:12:24 AM     (No. 9993099)

Been married fifty years, raised four children. All of them are successful, none use drugs and none are in jail.
Perhaps it can be attributed to family unity and the requirement that we all sit down for dinner together. One of the the complaining "fast food workers" says she is the mother of four, raising her kids and her grandchild....Where are the husbands or the grandchild´s mother?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 9/4/2014 9:13:50 AM     (No. 9993103)

FTA: the main reason that people see cooking mostly as a burden is because it is a burden. It´s expensive and time-consuming and often done for a bunch of ingrates who would rather just be eating fast food anyway.

What a dim view of life they have. Most people I know enjoy and appreciate a home-cooked meal. And it can easily be cheaper than eating out.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: angelesgift, 9/4/2014 9:18:02 AM     (No. 9993110)

The problem with liberals is that they are so loopy about everything, I don´t have a clue from this article about what "home cooked" even means to them. Does some Tuna Helper with a warmed-up can of sweet peas count? Or maybe some ground beef with a can of soup thrown in and dumped on some instant rice, with a bag of salad for a veggie?

I suspect they would be horrified at "instant" and anything canned or bagged counted as home cooked, LOL!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 9/4/2014 9:33:47 AM     (No. 9993155)

The left has a mind, #6? Who knew.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 9/4/2014 10:39:32 AM     (No. 9993256)

Absolute trash of an article. Factually wrong, and written as an excuse.

I was a bachelor for 15 years. Then as a married man, for years I did most of the cooking as my wife´s job had her traveling. This is with one, then two, kids.

Put a roast in the oven, throw some potatoes in the microwave, slice up some lettuce and some apples and open a can of beans. Preparation time? About 10 minutes.

Broil some hamburgers, oven cook some fries, chop up some cabbage for slaw and mix up the dressing, total prep time, 15 minutes.

Boil some noodles, slice up chicken, cook in pan, add your favorite sauce, serve with some orange slices. Total prep time, 15 minutes.

Brown ground beef, add Prego, boil spaghetti, broil some toast with garlic spread, microwave some green beans. Wow, that one is involved, might take 20 minutes.

Clean up the kitchen when the kids are in bed after soaking the dishes and pan in the sink. 15 minutes, and you can yammer with your friend on speakerphone while doing it.

Really hard. Did it almost every day for 20 years. While working full time and with a commute. Don´t want to hear about "hard".

Notice the author cynically puts the word "Fun" next to the shot of the woman with the two kids--which no one forced her to have--and the messy kitchen, as if we all fit that description and none of us enjoy prepping something good for our families.

Let´s just have Ms. Marcotte tell the truth. She´s a lazy little twit who doesn´t want to mar the acrylic on her fingernails and thinks that cooking is degrading women´s work. Oh, and kids are disgusting.

Right Ms. Marcotte?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 9/4/2014 10:42:14 AM     (No. 9993263)

From Wiki:
"Marcotte attracted criticism in January 2007 for her views on the March 2006 Duke lacrosse case.[18][19][20] A few months before all charges were dropped in the case, on a blog post titled "Stuck at the airport again....." Marcotte wrote in part, "Can’t a few white boys sexually assault a black woman anymore without people getting all wound up about it? So unfair."The post attracted so much commentary, including from The New York Times, that Marcotte ended up deleting it."

Piece of trash.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: columba, 9/4/2014 2:47:48 PM     (No. 9993588)

The writer feel guilty, because she spends at least 8 hours a day working at some unnecessary job which is outside of the home. She probably does not know how to cook either.

I enjoy a family meal each morning and each evening - home-cooked and at the dining room table. I like it. I am the father of 12 and we have used that table for meals for years - never in front of a TV set.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: privateer, 9/4/2014 2:50:29 PM     (No. 9993592)

With few exceptions, feminists=nuts, sluts and ugly mutts.

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Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/4/2014 10:36:54 AM     Post Reply
In a speech in Boston, First Lady Michelle Obama left behind talk of exercise and school lunches, exchanging it all for bald politics by claiming that under her husband the US economy is now better off "by almost every economic measure." The First Lady appeared at the Strand Theater Friday to stump for Martha Coakley´s campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. Coakley needs help badly, as even in blue, blue Massachusetts, the race between Democrat Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker is essentially a toss up. In her remarks, Obama pushed the President´s newest campaign line that he has saved the economy based on

United Airlines Flight 998 From Brussels
To Newark Liberty Met By Hazmat CDC
Officials – Liberian Father and Daughter*

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Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: galloglass- 10/4/2014 3:00:31 PM     Post Reply
Ladies and Gentlemen: Please secure your trays tables and seats into their upright and locked positions, along with any vomit or other Potentially Infectious Materials for our flight staff to pick up as we prepare for arrival to our final destination”…. “And, as always, the staff of United Flight 998 would like to thank you for remaining calm as we transport the Ebola virus to a destination near you”. NEW YORK - A United Airilines flight from Brussels was met by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials today at Newark Liberty International Airport after a passenger on board believed to be from Liberia exhibited possible signs of

Meghan McCain on Secret
Service: ´I hated all of them´

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 12:30:44 AM     Post Reply
Meghan McCain joined the dog pile on the Secret Service this week, saying she’s had “nothing but horrible experiences" with the agency and likening the agents to “glorified mall cops.” The 29-year-old author and television personality, who is also the daughter of former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), opened up on Pivot’s “TakePart Live” about some of her interactions with the Secret Service. "I have nothing but horrible experiences with the Secret Service,” McCain said. “One of my friends called them glorified mall cops and I don´t think that´s terribly far off. I found them cliquey. I hated

Some Blacks See Secret Service
as Flawed Shield for the President

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New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/3/2014 12:16:43 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in

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