Yesterday, 35-year-old Australian millionaire and tycoon Tim Gurner appeared on60 Minutes to give advice on how to own property at a young age. The interview quickly devolved into a precious ego display, and the recipients of his scorn were two usual suspects: millennials and avocado toast. “When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn't buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each,” he said on the program.
It was an easily-mockable quote, and Gurner was pilloried widely for it, critiques swallowing my Twitter feed for a good portion of my afternoon. Numerous outlets have fact-checked his claims rather rigorously, quashing the particular fiction that he’s peddling. They’ve all reached the same conclusion: No matter how much avocado toast you consume, that spending still won’t amount to the cost of a literal house.
If there’s half a point buried in Gurner’s quip somewhere—that restaurant prices for this dish have become a bit too high to justify—his ire is misplaced, making lazy, sweeping claims about a generation's spending habits. He punches down at a generation who's become a rather easy target of derision. But I'll entertain his claims for a second: Making your own avocado toast isn’t expensive, regardless of rapidly-metastasizing avocado prices (they go for $2 a piece at my nearby grocery store, which I don't love). All you need to do:
Toast some bread.
Take a fork and crush your avocado. (Don't slice your hand open.)
Garnish it with whatever you’d like: chili flakes, pepper, salt.
Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.