6 Stats on Millennial Cooking

Has cooking become a lost art? Not according to Millennials, who tell us they prefer to be in the kitchen and are hungry to learn more about cooking. We’ve got six stats that outline their culinary behavior…

This week, a headline declaring that cooking is a lost art cited Millennials’ tendency to cook simple meals, eat leftovers, snack, and dine out more than older generations as reasons that cooking is on the decline—but what would Millennials have to say about that? According to Ypulse’s research, cooking is a passion for the generation: almost four in five 18-34-year-olds say they like to cook, nine in ten say they want to learn to cook better, and almost three in five say that cooking is one of their favorite things to do. When we asked them about their biggest hobbies, cooking made the top ten list. Cooking/baking was also on both lists of what Millennial males and females are passionate about right now. One 29-year-old male from North Carolina told us, “There's been a resurgence in the home cook, and that's been my biggest interest. There's increasing amounts of high-quality, interesting produce and recipes to use.” Though they might be cooking different foods, in different ways, to this generation cooking is far from a lost art—it’s an art they’re excited to find out more about.

So how many are actually cooking, and what are they up to in the kitchen? Our recent Ypulse monthly survey explored their culinary behavior and preferences, and we’ve boiled it all down (sorry) into six stats:

1. Over half of 18-34-year-olds say they do all or most of the food prep in their home.

The majority of Millennials are cooking at home, with over half (54%) of 18-34-year-olds reporting that they typically do all or most of the food preparation in their homes. Males and females were almost…

 
 

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