Notwithstanding the Brits’ natural reticence to crow about their abilities, more than one third claim to be very good or excellent cooks. Maybe they’re reached that conclusion because they’ve been told they’re superlative. However, one in four UK adults do not know how to boil an egg and today I read that a well-known politician in his sixties confessed that he had only cooked one meal in his life. That’s not one meal repeated on different occasions but just a single meal, once.Cookery shows and competitions abound on television and articles about food and healthy eating are published every day so the highways and byways should be awash with slender, fit, healthy citizens. Sadly, that is far from the case.
Obesity is a first world problem but don’t worry – there’s a pill to cure it! Apparently, demand for the pill is making supply difficult for those who really need it, those with diabetes. The so-called weight loss pill has some common, quite unpleasant side effects and a few more serious, like gallstones. I expect there are pills to counter those, though.
Christmas is coming and with it a glut of cookery books, so if your culinary library is looking a little thin, you can supplement it with books written by professional chefs or actors and recommended and endorsed by ‘celebrities’. Then you, too, can be a part of the exclusive 7%, which I suppose will expand to become a slightly less exclusive 10% or 15%.