A new survey has found that today's mothers are actually better cooks than their own and don't just rely on fast food and ready meals to feed their families as is believed.
Modern women know 25 percent more recipes than mothers of the 1970s and '80s did, and also like experimenting with exotic foreign meals.
AdvertisementThe survey found that they still favour British cuisine, such as roast dinners and chicken casserole, but also prepare more difficult international dishes like Mexican fajitas, Chinese stir fry and chicken tikka masala.
Thirty or so years ago, mums' staple dishes included meat and two veg, chops, or shepherd's pie.
Modern women typically know 21 recipes off by heart, compared to 17 for their mothers.
"The findings completely dispel the myth that today's mums aren't particularly into their food, and have other priorities they consider more important than cooking," the Daily Mail quoted spokesman Emma Gray as saying.
"But the opposite is true, mums actually love to cook, love to see their families enjoying good hearty meals, and mums are becoming more adventurous with their cooking than ever before," she said.
"Today's mums aren't afraid to try their hands at producing more exotic delights - inspired by eating out, celebrity chefs and foodie events - which originate from places such as India, Thailand and China," she added.
The study of 1,000 mothers across two generations was carried out to launch Birmingham Food Fest, a 10-day gastronomic celebration, which opens next month.