Who says the days of slaving over a hot stove were over Brits spend three years of their life in the kitchen
16:44 GMT, 3 April 2012
Despite restaurants, take-out food and modern-day gadgets, Britons will still spend three years of their life cooking.
Such is the nation's love affair with food that we will use up 1,132 days – or 27,156 hours of our lifetime – slaving over a hot stove.
Adults cook for an average of 72 minutes a day, which means that over the course of an average life, three years are spent rustling up our favourite dishes.
Brits will use up 1,132 days, or 27,156 hours of our lifetime, slaving over a hot stove
Four out of ten adults told researchers that they had a ‘signature dish’ which they loved to cook, with pies, casseroles and curries proving very popular among amateur foodies.
Half of respondents said they had received secret family recipes that had been handed down through the generations.
And three quarters insist they will keep the tradition going and plan to pass on recipes to their own children, when the time is right.
However, six out of ten UK adults insisted they were better cooks than their own mother, while a quarter insisted they were evenly matched in the culinary stakes.
Just 15 per cent said their mum was a better cook.
The study also discovered that over 90 per cent of parents said they have taught their children how to cook, with just six per cent happy to let somebody else teach their offspring how to rustle up a treat in the kitchen.
Caroline Smith, commercial manager at AGA Cookshop, who commissioned the survey of 30,000 UK adults, said: 'We are a nation of food lovers and many of us consider cooking to be a pleasure rather than a chore.
'This is a good thing because, as our research shows, on average we will spend three years of our life rustling up dishes to eat.
'This is a long time in anyone’s book and our intention is to make cooking as easy and as enjoyable as possible, so all that time spent in the kitchen is seen as time well spent.
'It was also very encouraging to discover that lots of people plan to hand down family recipes to their children when the time is right. This is a fantastic tradition and it is heartening to see it continue across the generations in the UK.'