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USA Today reported yesterday on classes in basic cooking being taught at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY.

“The adult ed class illustrates a paradox,” according to the paper. “Even as ‘food culture’ blossoms in countless cookbooks and chef shows, many adults simply don't know cooking basics. Experts blame it on a transmission breakdown. While parents traditionally shared cooking tips with their kids, the passage of kitchen wisdom has become rarer among time-pressed modern families.”

The biggest problem, according to experts, may be that if these skills aren’t developed in young people and adults, the ignorance may become self-perpetuating.
KC's View:
Every supermarket ought to be investing in programs that, to varying degrees, teach people how to cook.

It is in their own best interests. Not to mention the best interests of a culture that increasingly is fast food-driven.

It is one of two programs in which all supermarkets ought to invest.

The other, as we’ve said in this space many times, ought to be in getting families to have just one more meal together each week. Just one.

It would move the needle on supermarket sales, not to mention doing wonderful things for kids and families.