Most UK adults believe they are better cooks than their mother, and the vast majority of parents claim to have taught their own children how to cook.
Those are just two of the findings of a new survey of 30,000 UK adults by Aga Cookshop, which also reveals that people cook for an average of 72 minutes a day, thus spending three years of their life cooking.
Four out of 10 of those surveyed said they had a signature dish, with pies, casseroles and curries being particularly popular, and half said they had secret family recipes that had been handed down, with many planning to keep the tradition going in their own families.
Six out of 10 respondents said they could cook better than their mother, while over 90% of parents said they had taught their children how to cook.
“We’re a nation of food lovers and many of us consider cooking to be a pleasure rather than a chore,” commented Aga Cookshop commercial manager Caroline Smith.
“This is a good thing because, as our research shows, on average we’ll spend three years of our life rustling up dishes to eat.
“It was also very encouraging to discover that lots of people plan to hand down family recipes to their children when the time is right. This is a fantastic tradition and it’s heartening to see it continue across the generations in the UK.”