PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. -- The number of meals prepared at home has inched up for the first time since 1991-1992, the last U.S. recession, according to the 16th annual Report on Eating Patterns in America, compiled by The NPD Group. During the 1999-2000 period in question, at-home meal consumption increased 0.1%. The survey reflects other changes in spending, most notably in regards to restaurants and take-out food items. The number of annual meals eaten in a restaurant per person dropped from ...

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