"Now You're Cooking With Gas" Takes On A New, More Insidious Meaning

Blue gas flame from gas stove on black background emitting methane

Bob Hope first uttered the phrase, “Now you’re cooking with gas,” on The Pepsodent radio show in 1939. It was meant to indicate that someone was making great strides – nearing perfection. Gas stoves began to replace wood burners around 1915 and were a far more reliable form of cooking. By 1939, home and professional cooks everywhere were burning or undercooking fewer meals than ever before.

Today, however, a Stanford University study has found that gas stoves leak significant amounts of methane even when turned off. An amenity in high demand for homebuyers with gourmet cooking in mind, these appliances may be doing far more damage to the environment than previously thought.