How Americans are taking back their kitchens


Restaurant sales are slumping, while grocery stores are doing better than ever. Americans are speaking with their dollars and it seems they’re back at the kitchen table.


Kitchens in the United States have been underutilized for years, as people ditch home cooking and opt for quicker ways to fuel their bodies. Fast-food restaurants, takeout, and pre-packaged meals that require minimal assembly or reheating have been standard, go-to options for countless Americans.

We’ve written about this on TreeHugger for a long time, urging people to embrace their pots, spoons, and knives in an effort to save money, improve health, and take a stance against corporate food production. Now it appears the tide has finally shifted.

The New York Times reports that restaurant sales are slumping — the “biggest gap in 10 years,” says the former president of McDonald’s — and that Americans spent more on groceries in both January and June of this year than they did on eating out during those same months, a deviation from the norm. So what’s driving this change?

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