Is loss of practical cooking skills a tragedy?
Not necessarily. Authors of an article in Food Service Technology examined what happened to food preparation skills in the United Kingdom during a 20th Century marked by massive social and technological changes. They concluded that loss of such skills, while regrettable, is not tragic. “All is not lost,” they said, “if there remains an interest in the meal as an event, and its preparation is a creative process.” They found hope in the interest created by an abundance of television cookery programs, celebrity chefs and a steady flow of meal recipes and food-related reports published in magazines and newspapers.