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Ruth Reichl:"There's all this pessimism that people aren't going to cook...I just don't believe that...That people want to spend less time cooking sometimes doesn't negate the fact that people are cooking recreationally in a way they haven't before." [PW]

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Since The Great Downsizing of Ought Eight, I cook a helluva lot more than I used to, or at least since those lean post college years. Partially inspired by budgetary concerns, partially inspired by my Food Network Smart Boy crush Alton Brown, I've never been as active or adventurous in the kitchen as I am now. Many of my equally cash strapped friends, male and female, are doing the same - I think there might be a hooey element to these rumors no one cooks.