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A new study shows that the gender gap in the "home kitchen" has widened: women cook more food than men in almost every country in the world.

A new study shows that the gender gap in the "home kitchen" has widened: women cook more food than men in almost every country in the world.

In 2022, women cooked an average of just under nine dishes per week, while men cooked about four per week. These are the results of an annual survey conducted by Gallup and Cookpad, which tracks how often people cook and eat homemade food in countries around the world.

When the survey began in 2018, traditional gender roles were clearly defined, but during the pandemic years, the survey results showed that men were cooking more. This reduced the gender gap, explains Andrew Dugan, Gallup's research director, who has been involved in the study since its inception. "Every year since the start of the study, the gap has been narrowing," he says. Until now.

The latest results, which, according to Dugan, came as a surprise, indicate a reversal of this trend. In 2022, women continued to cook at about the same frequency, but men started cooking less. On average, men cooked one meal less per week.

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The gender gap varies by country. In the United States, women cook an average of about two meals per week more than men. The report on the study includes countries with the largest gender gap, including Ethiopia, Tajikistan, Egypt, Nepal, and Yemen, where women eat about eight times more per week than men.

Countries with the smallest gender differences in cooking are clustered in Europe, including Spain, the UK, Switzerland, France, and Ireland. There is only one country where men cook more than women. Guess which one...

Italy. "This is a surprise," says Dugan.

It is unclear why Italy has gone against this trend or why the gender gap has increased in all other countries, including the US, but chef Mike Friedman, who manages several restaurants in the Washington area, has his own opinion.

"I think a woman can handle big tasks," he says.

In the US, where women cook about two meals per week more than men, Friedman believes the survey does not reflect the whole picture. He says that in his home, many dishes are a collaborative effort.

"I know that my wife cooks a lot at home. But we talk about it and say, 'What should we cook tonight?' And often she starts, and I finish, and then I always end up doing the dishes," Friedman says.

This made us wonder: how do you divide cooking in your family, and who does the lion's share? Are there disagreements in your family about who cooks dinner, and how do you resolve them?

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