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  • Americans get back behind the stove
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What are Americans cooking at home?

On dinner tables across the US, eating dessert is on the decline, while healthier ingredients are enjoying their time at the top. More interesting, still, is the renaissance of the home-made meal. But what’s got Americans tying their apron strings, and heading back into the kitchen?

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Only 12% of dinners eaten at home in the US include a dessert. That’s down from 15% ten years ago, and way down from the 24% of 1986. Could it be due to a rising health awareness? No, apparently it’s because they can’t be bothered. "In American homes it's about one-dish meals,” says Harry Balzer, senior vice president at NPD. “Americans have been steadily cutting back the number of items served at a main meal. Having dessert makes the whole meal more complicated." [1]

But while desserts might seem like too much effort, the family ...

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