Is it normal to eat before the person who cooked?

Whenever I cook a nice meal, or make a dessert, I get angry when my family eats it and nearly finishes before I can even sit down.

In the time it takes to serve everyone, get my own plate, and wash my hands, it's maybe about 5 minutes, or less. But I sit down and my family has nearly scarfed down the food.

I feel it's really rude to eat before the person who cooked everything even gets a chance to sit down. But I feel the same way if I bring takeout home and everyone basically swallows it before I can take my shoes and coat off.

I don't like putting in the work (cooking or driving to pick something up) while the family can just waltz 10 feet into the kitchen and have food waiting for them. They never do anything for me.

Context - I'm American in the US. I know what is appropriate/no appropriate can vary around the world.

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  • bbrown95

    I personally find it rude to start eating before everyone is at the table with their plate of food. It's even more rude to eat all or almost all of the food before the person who prepared it or brought it home even gets a chance to eat any.

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  • RoseIsabella

    I remember when my mom was still alive, my dad, and sister would always sit down, then start eating before my mother was done serving. I would deliberately wait, and not eat until my mom sat down.

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  • Cuntsiclestick

    I get what you're saying. My boyfriend is the same way. If he takes the time to cook for people, the least they can do is sit down and have a conversation with him. XD

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  • kelili

    I do not live in the US and here this is not a correct behaviour. It is disrespectful and rude. Do you ask help for setting up the table or doing the dishes? If not start doing it now. You are not their maid and you should be vocal about this.

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  • notmyrealname123

    the biggest problem here is you buying/making food that is finished in 5 minutes

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