“If it was up to me, I wouldn’t cook,” confides one of the women interviewed in a recent university study, which argued that an increasingly idealized vision of home-cooked meals overburdens poor and working mothers. For 23 years I’ve been responsible for the family meal, and while I haven’t faced the same challenges of the women interviewed, on most days I’d have to agree with them. At first glance the work we do in the kitchen can seem hardly worth the effort.

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