It’s a status symbol—a sign that one is committed to domesticity without any real follow-through. But there’s an ironic silver lining to the economic crisis. Prepared foods and eating meals out cost more than cooking from scratch. So we might see a retreat back to the home…gathering with family and friends, which would be good for our social health. One of the best meals I’ve had came out of the tiniest kitchen. Instead of thinking ‘how much can we spend?’ we might try ‘how much can we do with how little?’"