A. Elizabeth Sloan

Driven by an ailing economy, cooking and eating at home are back on the front burner. Moreover, with 96% of consumers believing that eating at home is healthier than eating out, according to the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) 2008 Shopping for Health report, this trend may well be here to stay.

In 2008, 242 meals per person were prepared and eaten at home—up from 235 in 2006 and fast approaching the 25-year high of 249 meals in 1992, according to the NPD Group’s Eating Patterns in America 2008.…

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