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Study Show Women Spend 3 Years of Their Lives Cooking

Who Cooks More — You or Your Partner?

Families would go hungry — or eat out a whole lot more — if it weren't for women. According to a new UK study, women make 75 percent of family meals and on average spend three years of their adult lives cooking. If that sounds like a lot, note that women spent twice as much time cooking 50 years ago.

The average man, on the other hand, spends only a year and a half making meals. Men should consider cooking more, since sharing housework is the third most important factor in a happy marriage. Who wears the chef hat in your household?

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loveisblind loveisblind 5 years
Me mostly. My bf loves my cooking but sometimes he prepares steaks on the grill although people told me I make a better steak! haha
LeiraElle LeiraElle 5 years
I tend to make dishes that have more steps, but he's the king of risottos, crock-pots, and stir-fries. We don't live in the same place, but when we do meals together we split the labor pretty equally; he chops while I stir, he does dishes while I alter spices, or vice-a-versa. We do everything together, and in equal measure.
Kellanawida Kellanawida 5 years
We usually cook together. I used to cook more because I worked less hours and got home a lot earlier but now we both work late so we cook together when we both get home.
karlotta karlotta 5 years
I do ALL the cooking. My BF's cooked maybe twice in the past 4 years - when I was too sick to do it myself. But it's fine with me, I love cooking, and I never have to even look at the dishes!
amber512 amber512 5 years
I mostly do lunches, he mostly does dinners. We share breakfast cooking. Pretty darn equal! I HATE cooking so I'm glad he doesn't mind it.
Sherellj Sherellj 5 years
Its equal, but as much as I hate to admit it, he's the better cook!
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I do almost all the cooking for my husband. I don't mind it at all; I LIKE cooking! But my husband travels a lot and when he's on the road, he survives on salami sandwiches and Arby's. He always comes home craving home-cooked meals.
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 5 years
I do all the cooking except for very rarely my husband will be "inspired" and cook something pretty good. Then again, I am a homemaker and my husband works full time. So it's only fair that I cook :)
stellaRuby stellaRuby 5 years
My husband does the cooking. I cook maybe once or twice a month.
Chrstne Chrstne 5 years
It's usually me who does the cooking, but it can vary depending on the week. On some weeks he does more than others. However, when I do cook, he will sometimes offer help and do a light task, such as chopping up an onion or whatever. I don't mind cooking for him, though I'm not a huge fan of cooking in general (esp. in a tiny ass kitchen). He does ALL of the grilling and loves it. He will also put any pizza I make in the oven and take it out for me as well. He'll also roll out the dough because he thinks it's fun. So yeah, sometimes and for some things, he's helpful -- but day to day, it's all on me. Which means I should probably revisit his theory of "if you cook, you don't do dishes" policy. Wonder whatever happened to THAT one! :P
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
In the 2 years we've been living together he's cooked once! And I wouldn't even call that cooking. It was more like throwing stuff together...He didn't even use a pan! I like cooking, though, so it's okay. And I know he doesn't really care about healthy eating so it's better for everyone if I do the cooking!
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
I do! But I love to cook, so it's okay. He helps, he'll chop onions and garlic. He likes to cook himself, but often I'll be cooking while he's studying for work.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
The kitchen is the one and only area of my life where I'm a bit of a control freak. He gets to chop veggies and clean sometimes, but otherwise It's all me. When he cooks for himself, he makes frozen dinners, lol. I always thought that was just a bachelor stereotype!
chequettex chequettex 5 years
PS - we have a tiny, narrow kitchen, so cooking together is not an option, but we're moving in a couple of months and I'm going to see if I can get him in there to help out.
chequettex chequettex 5 years
When we eat a meal together, I've usually cooked it, unless it's pizza or sometimes breakfast. Before we got married, we talked about this - it was going to be 50/50 on all cooking and cleaning. Now for some reason I am the one cooking whenever we share a meal, and he mostly only cooks for himself when I'm out. (And I work more hours and make more $$ than he does). At least he does the dishes for me after I cook most of the time. Now if I could just get him to do his own dishes when he cooks for himself so I don't have to come home to all his dirty dishes...
Pistil Pistil 5 years
When we eat together, we tend to share in the meal preparation. I guess I cook a little more because I like trying new recipes and making what I want to eat. My boyfriend's cooking revolves around his Foreman. I work with a woman who has never cooked in her entire marriage. Everyone wonders how she managed that arrangement, haha.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
Lucky you zzleigh! :) My boyfriend does all the cooking. I do a lot of helping. I also do most of the baking and dessert making. Chief....I do the dishes. It's only fair. :)
zzleigh zzleigh 5 years
My man's a chef and I'm a terrible cook, so he does all the cooking when he's home!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 5 years
Well who does the dishes?????????????
goddessru goddessru 5 years
I cook about 2-3 times a week, make about 4-5 meals a week; he cooks 1-2 times a week, makes about 2 meals a week. I'd like to say it's equal, I've always imagined I'd have a 50/50 relationship with my husband because aside from cultural norms and customs, I'm an educated girl who works fulltime and is actually the breadwinner of the family. But as I get along in my marraige, I see that I'm falling into the roles of all the women I've seen growing up- being the main cooker, cleaner, and maintainer of the house. This plus a full time job. I do love cooking, and I'm into organization, and I plan out my meals and cook nutritionally... but sometimes it becomes a chore and I wish he would share it with me equally, not 80%/20%.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
Me. But sometimes I'd make him BBQ...
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