he results of the ReporterLink study are surprising: A full 98 percent said that cooking at home is their preferred way to make a meal, in spite of the convenience of ready-made foods, online ordering and fast food outlets.
A further breakdown reveals that more than a third of Americans say they cook at home every day, while half say they cook between three and six days a week.
The biggest motivators for firing up the stove and pulling out the chopping board? Home-cooked meals are cheaper and healthier, say respondents.
For the report, ReporterLink surveyed 500 respondents in an online survey.
Despite the popularity of cooking shows, food blogs and celebrity chefs, a slim margin of Americans cited cooking as a passion, with only 14 percent describing their primary motive as their love of cooking.
On the other hand, those who did express a passion said they spend more time in the kitchen: Nearly half of respondents who said they love cooking spent more than an hour preparing a meal.
The demographic least likely to don an apron and spend time in the kitchen? Millennials, with nearly one in four saying they cook one to two times a week.
In an interesting pattern, almost a third of Millennials said they consider themselves newbies, while the same percentage of older generations described themselves as experts in the kitchen.
Inspiration and prep
Where Millennials lead in home-cooking trends is the use of meal-kit delivery services -- an increasingly popular service which requires a bit of assembly before dinner is served.
Interestingly, a quarter of Americans said they have their own recipe repertoire and prefer cooking from their own personal recipe stock rather than seeking ideas from blogs and websites.
And one in five respondents said their home-cooked meals are dictated by the foods and ingredients found in their refrigerator and pantry.