National Cooking Day

Cooking is an activity that most people had to do just to survive—at least, an activity that someone in the household had to do. If a household didn’t cook the food they gathered, farmed, and butchered, then they would starve to death.

However, thanks to modern conveniences such as fast-food restaurants, microwave meals, and grab-and-go gas stations, no one really has to cook anymore. While that might sound like a good thing, it actually isn’t. Cooking is an activity that allows people to control what they and their families are eating, helps them keep costs down, and can actually be a bonding experience.

That’s why we believe that not only should more people take the time to cook with their families, but they should also observe National Cooking Day every year on September 25th when it comes around. Let’s take the time to rediscover the joy of cooking, shall we?

The History of National Cooking Day

This holiday was actually created by a website that sells kitchen cookware. This site is called, and they invented this holiday in 2016. We assume they invented it to sell more of their products, but what they didn’t realize is that they actually started a movement.

Sure, it’s a movement that’s slow-moving at the moment, but it is one that’s starting to pick up some steam. We’ll continue to keep an eye on the popularity of cooking at home, but to us, it looks like it’s really making a comeback in a big way. Let’s hope it continues to gain popularity well into the future.

Some Fast Facts About Cooking

Let’s dig into a few fast facts about cooking that we think go along quite well with National Cooking Day. We like to pair the following facts with a nice glass of Chardonnay and some smoked salmon, but our readers can pair whatever type of food they want with them.

  • A survey of people in 2021 revealed that 9 out of 10 families were planning to continue to cook as much as they had during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In 2020, the average American consumed 264 pounds of meat per year.
  • Baby Boomers and Generation X are more likely to cite flavor as one of the most important reasons for cooking at home.

Observing National Cooking Day

This is a day that simply encourages people to cook more at home. That’s all it does. It doesn’t tell people how to cook their food or what type of food they should be cooking. All this holiday does is encourage more people to do more cooking.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other ways that we can celebrate this holiday. We can also use this holiday to give thanks to the people who cook our meals—regardless of whether they’re in the home or not.

Thanks to the power of the Internet, we can even thank all cooks around the world simply by using the hashtag #NationalCookingDay with our thank-you messages. All of these are great ways to observe National Cooking Day.

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 25 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
September 25 Thursday
Last year (2023)
September 25 Monday
Activity & Action, Food & Drinks