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Inquiry: the new pleasure of cooking

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Necessarily "furnished" and indisputably ever larger, the kitchen loving children (and their homework), attracts friends (and their confidences) and plays, occasionally, the reception rooms ... Yet, between chatter and simmering, she can also be the room of the intimate.

"The kitchen is a privileged place to meet," says Isabelle Filliozat, psychotherapist and author of the book Well in his kitchen (edition J.-C. Lattès). Planted in front of our stove or bent over the worktop, we would have 53 minutes per day (and not one more according to the latest INSEE survey *) to reconnect to our privacy ... Provided, of course, to do not wash-peel-roast mundane household chores. On the contrary. Rather than falling into the trap of home automation, it is to welcome the sensations, pleasant or not, related to these daily actions. Feeling the resistance of a meat that is sliced, the roundness of a tomato peeled, the delicacy of a dough that we stretch are indeed as many opportunities to contact his own body, d to observe how he stretches or relaxes himself, gets tired or gets upset. "It's the best way to go through your emotions," explains Isabelle Filliozat.

Only in our kitchens and connected to our inner feelings, we can enjoy a dough to knead our anger or take advantage of a kilo of onions to peel to evacuate a little blues (it seems that women cry 5 , 3 times a month). The whole neither seen nor known. Have you ever noticed how, once planted in front of our worktop, we usually turn our backs on the rest of the room? "This attention to what we experience is a great gift that we get," says Catherine Aimelet-Perissol, doctor and psychotherapist. A huge health gain! A calmer breathing and therefore a slow heart rate, but especially a cortisol, the stress hormone, in free fall, just to feel fully relaxed. The kitchen as a guarantee of well-being, that changes a little, right?

The kitchen: a workshop to reveal his personality

For Gérard Laizé, General Manager of VIA, "cooking is the most changed room in the last twenty years and the one that will evolve the most under the influence of technological progress". Steam oven, large piano, fridge connected ... it is clear that this multiplication of equipment speaks volumes about our relationship to food. But not only. Driven by TV shows and trendy restaurants that showcase the art of cooking and break down the boundaries between professionals and amateurs, "cooking has become an inspiring place to adopt an artistic posture," says sociologist Ronan Chastellier .

Small or big, it is today a space of creation, a framework which gives us the possibility to give free course to our imagination. Here, in the midst of carefully chosen ingredients, supported by ever more efficient devices, we express our personality and, from risky attempts to gourmet successes, we taste the pleasure of "doing". Quite simply. When we are connected to our feelings, the benefit is not so much the well-being as the self-esteem. "Do it yourself" has something jubilant. It is especially rewarding and now valued. So all in the kitchen!

* Survey The time of food in France, 2010.

Some figures on the report that the French have with their cuisine:

75% French people make cooking the nerve center of the house. (Opinion Way study for the chefs' workshop, "Facecook: cooking, a new social network?").

16% French people say they often use their kitchen as a reception area. (Credoc survey 2013).

85% French people think that cooking is a good place for discussion. (Credoc survey 2013)

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