Takeout America

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    Apr 16, 2010 8:43 AM GMT
    I've never been on American soil and most things I know about this country come from books and,,, well, TV. So enlighten me on this subject.
    America, it seems to me, is more in love with takeout food than it is with its cars. On most American shows I watch, all people buy takeout food all the time: single urbanites, middle-aged couples, boomers... even some death roll convicts do, I think. In the country where I grew up, cooking is mostly a family activity. My parents cook every meal they have, except when occasionally they dine out. I cook myself. Even my 12-year-old sister is learning how to cook. Takeout is just not on the plateau of our conscious, although most restaurants back home do provide such service.
    My neighbor in Holland is originally from California and she told me she had never cooked a meal her entire life, except toast in the morning. And she's about 30, which made her statement all the more incredible to me.
    I know it's probably stupid to make generalizations about as large a country as this; but what do you think?
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    Apr 16, 2010 11:33 AM GMT
    Your view of America is totally skewed by those TV shows. Americans dont live like that.I have been to Europe including The Netherlands and there is no difference.
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    Apr 16, 2010 12:05 PM GMT
    asymes saidI've never been on American soil and most things I know about this country come from books and,,, well, TV. So enlighten me on this subject.
    America, it seems to me, is more in love with takeout food than it is with its cars. On most American shows I watch, all people buy takeout food all the time: single urbanites, middle-aged couples, boomers... even some death roll convicts do, I think. In the country where I grew up, cooking is mostly a family activity. My parents cook every meal they have, except when occasionally they dine out. I cook myself. Even my 12-year-old sister is learning how to cook. Takeout is just not on the plateau of our conscious, although most restaurants back home do provide such service.
    My neighbor in Holland is originally from California and she told me she had never cooked a meal her entire life, except toast in the morning. And she's about 30, which made her statement all the more incredible to me.
    I know it's probably stupid to make generalizations about as large a country as this; but what do you think?


    oh, and all men in italy think that american women are sluts...it's what they see in the movies.

    there are some 300 million americans, i am one of them, and i can't even say i speak for some of them...so, with all due respect, if you've never been here and all you know is what you see on TV, it is a very good possibility your "seems to me" is off.

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    Apr 16, 2010 1:16 PM GMT
    Not to sure about the generalization, your neighbor may have had the privilege of having someone cook for her. I have never been to Europe so cannot comment on similarities. I have; however, been around the Pacific Rim and the third world countries there; most of them would give their left nut for a McDonalds. I think that goes more to the advertizing of American lifestyle.
    Sad that our biggest export is a fantasy lifestyle.
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    Apr 16, 2010 1:29 PM GMT
    dustin_K_tx saidNot to sure about the generalization, your neighbor may have had the privilege of having someone cook for her. I have never been to Europe so cannot comment on similarities. I have; however, been around the Pacific Rim and the third world countries there; most of them would give their left nut for a McDonalds. I think that goes more to the advertizing of American lifestyle.
    Sad that our biggest export is a fantasy lifestyle.


    Having worked in the third world, immersed there for close to a year I would agree.

    However this is because they have no other food source.
  • lostlogic

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    Apr 16, 2010 1:29 PM GMT
    Think how big this country is sir, it's rather 90x's more diversed than that.
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    Apr 16, 2010 1:51 PM GMT
    I don't really even know how to cook. I just started. I eat out a lot but I am working on it.
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    Apr 16, 2010 1:58 PM GMT
    As with all stereotypes, there is some truth in there somewhere.

    Some people use takeout once a week to take a break from cooking, others use it because they're working and didn't feel like brown-bagging it. I'm sure there are some out there that never cook at all and eat out or take out regularly, but it would be very expensive to do on a regular basis.

    Many people do cook, but just as many eat prepared foods that can be nuked.

    So, like everything else, it depends! icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Hunter9

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    Apr 16, 2010 2:31 PM GMT
    america is the best... dont ya know?
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    Apr 16, 2010 2:37 PM GMT
    In all fairness, Americans eat a whole lot of fast food and take out.
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    Apr 16, 2010 2:48 PM GMT
    This is fascinating. We're bitching that that's an American media myth...but it's from our media. We created it.

    Americans do eat out a lot, and I know some people (who aren't rich, even) that eat almost every meal out of the house. That being said, food is very trendy right now, and you can easily win bonus points at a party if you drop "sous-vide" into casual conversation.
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    Apr 16, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidIn all fairness, Americans eat a whole lot of fast food and take out.


    You do. Really quite a lot, and you go out to restaurants much more too.
  • Muscmasmat

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    Apr 16, 2010 2:57 PM GMT
    I've been to the Netherlands a number of times and work with a lot of Dutch people. And in general the OP is correct for Americans compared to people in the Netherlands. Generally speaking, there are more women at home in the Netherlands than in the USA (this perhaps is changing with the younger generation) and have time to prepare a meal. Also, the Dutch are very family oriented and will plan to leave work and get home to their family for dinner, versus Americans where each person has their own schedule, with both parents working and the children with different activities that they attend. Also, I have observed there is a much greater choice for takeout in America compared to what is available in the Netherlands (Just go to the Hague and try to find even a restaurant that is open past 9:00 PM). Around my home in Houston (which is the 4th largest city in the USA and may have more than many others) there are at least 5 restaurants with takeout within 1/4 to 1/2 mile. I think there is a Chinese restraurant with takeout within 1/2 mile of every person in the USA (just another generalization of course, based on my observation).

    As to whether takeout is more popular than our cars - well not so sure about that. We have to have our cars to get around, since we have very little public transport that people use, in general (NYC notwithstanding), compared to the excellent and affordable public transportation in the Netherlands. Of course we have a lot more room to spread out here than the Netherlands.

    Both countries are excellent and have their positives and negatives. But the Dutch definitely rock!
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    Apr 16, 2010 3:20 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    MunchingZombie saidIn all fairness, Americans eat a whole lot of fast food and take out.


    You do. Really quite a lot, and you go out to restaurants much more too.
    That makes me wanna go to a restaurant now, actually. icon_eek.gif

    I did not expect my body to crave so easily.