The problem is that people have come to believe that ordinary, day-to-day sustenance cooking has to meet some higher standard. It needs to be fun and novel. Most working people can't do "fun and novel" for 300 meals running. People need to scale back their expectations and they need to rely more on nutritious but not restaurant-quality foods: soups, salads, quiche/Impossible pies, plainer meat preparations, plainer veggies, etc.
These are very low-cost, low stress kinds of meals but they aren't always exciting.
Now, exactly why is it that men can't step up the the plate and take over whatever job needs done? Women can, have, and do.
This wasn't expensive, but was delicious. We even have enough for tomorrow as a side dish.
Instead of the big box stores, folks need to go if they can to small local markets. I think that I'm getting spoiled, as we went to Publix for some necessities today that I can't get at the local Amish markets. I compared prices---even the "sale" price on veggies at Publix were almost 2x as expensive as at the little Amish places.
Anyone can eat inexpensively if they just put their mind to it. If young people just learn to follow the adage of shopping the perimeters of the store and staying out of those center aisles, they'll eat cheaper and better. It's all the junk in those center aisles, while the produce, dairy products, meat, are on the outer aisles. That junk food might seem cheap, but it's an expensive way to go for not much nutrition.
Ginger is right---if there's not much money, load up on rice and beans and a few other staples.
some of the best and most famous chefs are men, in fact there are relatively few female chefs in restaurants. So I think the expectation that a woman cook at home is from the fact that very few women were working outside the home until the 70's, and it was something that needed to be done while the husband put in his time working outside the home. Any man worth his salt should know how to cook regardless :D
I'm glad there have been so many good posts in response to the very silly one by NJCF - that women stopped cooking once they were "allowed" to leave the house, and we made a terrible mistake by "allowing" them to do so.
Some of us work all day and come home to Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in the evenings - having done all the ingredient shopping for those dishes on the weekend.
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