In the comment section of my post about how the kitchen is really a fiction for those who live in cities, many protested that they love cooking as an activity, as something to do, as a way to burn time.
In a city, we finally have the means to turn over cooking to those who have talent and actually see the kitchen as a paradise.
But if cooking is so wonderful why were the females of almost every human society found on earth forced/bullied/beaten into the kitchen by men?
I didn't read @5's comments as a defense of maintaining historical gender-roles in modern society; quite the opposite in fact. It was (at least in my interpretation), simply meant as an explanation for why such roles were assigned in a historical & biological context.
we can't all live in farmhouses. we are not farmers. we need to live like who we are: city people
As someone who sucks at cooking, I'm probably biased, but I find the ramifications of culture without full kitchens in every domicile interesting and not unpleasant to contemplate.
As for the "saving money by cooking" argument, if everyone ate out all the time, restaurant prices would come way down, restaurant options would go way up, and efficiencies (both economic and environmental) would be introduced . .
. . . just as they would if everyone stopped driving their own cars and used public transportation.