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Married men 'prefer mother's cooking to that of wife'


March 16, 2012 - London

Men like their mother's cooking better, even if they are happily living with their partner, a survey has revealed.

It also found that mothers rarely serve up ready meals, have a wider repertoire of dishes, and always cook something they know their sons like.

Wives and girlfriends, on the other hand, are likely to rely on the microwave or oven-ready meals from the freezer because they are strapped for time because of work or childcare.

The poll, by entertainment channel Food Network UK, also found that one in four men often sneaks back to their mum's for a spot of dinner without his wife or girlfriend knowing.

"It is quite endearing that men prefer their mother's cooking," the Daily Mail quoted survey spokesman Nick Thorogood as saying.

"As adults, men still seek the comfort and tradition of the cooking they have grown up with so they turn to their mums for what they perceive as a 'proper meal'.

"A lot of the best recipes have been handed down to them from their mums, and Mother's Day - on Sunday - is the perfect time to put those cooking tips to good use and surprise mum with a home-cooked meal," he added.

The study also found more than one in 10 men think wives feel under pressure to live up to mother-in-law's cooking skills.

A very brave 13 per cent of the 2,000 men polled have told their nearest and dearest that they should take cooking advice from mother-in-law and brush up on culinary skills.

Not surprisingly this caused "upset" in two-thirds of relationships.

It is not just competition between a man's mum and his wife that causes issues - 24 per cent reckon there has been a confrontation between his mother and mother-in-law.

One in 10 said there is conflict between the two mothers on most family occasions.

"It would seem there is rivalry in many homes over who cooks the best food," Thorogood said.

ANI

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