/ 01 November 2023

Cooking up a gender-gap storm

Image source: Good Food
Image source: Good Food

We’ve got a feeling you might not be surprised by this… A new global survey from Gallup and food tech company Cookpad has revealed that women are doing the lion’s share of the cooking, whipping up an average of 9 meals per week compared to men’s 4. The pandemic years saw men donning the apron more often, narrowing the gender gap in the home cooking stakes, but last year saw things head back to where they were. The disparity is starkest in countries in Africa and the Middle East, where women cook about 8 more meals per week than men. European countries, however, show the smallest gender differences. And in a twist that might have you saying “mamma mia!”, Italy is the only country where men cook more than women. There’s no specific data on Oz, but a couple of years ago the Bureau of Stats found that 64% of Aussie women spend 5 or more hours on food a week, compared to 37% of men. Anyone up for takeout tonight?

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