Merin Oleschuk is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Toronto where she studies how social inequalities shape food and the practices surrounding it, such as cooking, eating, and shopping. Her dissertation research examines how and why families cook at home, particularly within a context where home cooking is advocated as a key strategy for promoting health.
While enjoying a wholesome meal together is surely a worthy goal, family meal campaigners don't always acknowledge the work that goes into this achievement: the time demands, parenting challenges and financial burdens required to put good food on the table. These pressures exist daily, but for many of us-particularly women-- they come to a head during holidays.
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