They go grocery shopping more than once a week, on average, and cook an average of about eight meals a week, much more often than their fathers did.
"I was surprised to see how often GenX men shop and cook," said Jon Miller, author of “The Generation X Report” that details the role food plays in the lives of Americans born between 1961 and 1981.
"Women, particularly married women, are still doing more cooking and shopping, but men are much more involved in these activities than they used to be. The stereotype that men can't do much more in the kitchen than boil water just can't hold water, as it were," he said.
Using data from about 3,000 young adults collected as part of the ongoing Longitudinal Study of American Youth funded by the National Science Foundation, the report details where GenXers look for information about food, how often they entertain at home and how they feel about organic and genetically modified foods.
"Food does more than provide necessary sustenance. Meals provide an important time for families to gather together and share their lives, and also mark special occasions with family, friends and neighbors," Miller said.
Food is also a source of concern, according to Miller, and the new report covers GenX attitudes about potential food-related benefits and threats.
The report revealed that GenXers cooked a meal for guests about once a month, on average, and they talked to friends about food or cooking about six times a month. Men and women were equally likely to watch food shows on television, about four times a month.
Married women cooked the most-preparing about 12 meals a week, on average. Single women cooked about 10 meals a week, while both married and single men prepared about eight meals a week.
About half of GenXers said they preferred to buy organic foods at least some of the time, and one in 10 said they are committed to buying organic when it's available.
GenXers had a low level of understanding about genetically modified foods. On a 10-point index of understanding, the mean score was 3.8.
"In the 21st century, food often involves judgments that may require some scientific understanding. Young adults who are scientifically literate are most able to monitor news about food safety, and most able to identify and use credible sources of information about a topic that directly affects their own health and the health of friends and family," Miller added.
From the April 27, 2012, Prepared Foods’ Daily Update