Reading the cooking tips thread, a question popped into my head: what about the average cooking situation in your country? Do people cook or buy ready-to-eat food? Do they use fresh products or packaged stuff? Any other interesting details? In Greece, people generally cook at home once per day. People used to eat all together at home two times a day, something that still happens in many areas but not large cities, where people cannot return home for lunch. So, usually, people get home-cooked food at work to eat for lunch and then have dinner at home. (A major exception are University students: They usually have fast-food delivered to them for a few years until they get bored with it and start cooking themselves.) Also, people generally use fresh products. (For example, in my kitchen I only found canned tomatoes and a package of potato-powder used to make meshed potatoes. I regularly also buy frozen peas during the winter because I cannot get fresh ones.) Most people get to the fruit-and-vegetables market once per week. Meat is usually bought from the local butcher-shop while the rest of the stuff (pasta, milk etc.) are bought from large super-markets (small shops of that kind are not very popular). A related detail I find interesting that many people, even in my generation of 30-somethings, have a few pots of fresh herbs around to use when cooking. What about the area where you live?