Got a pad and pencil handy?
In Monday's Well Column in the New York Times, Tara Parker-Pope presented the findings of an interesting study conducted by Cornell University on the subject of home cooking. The researchers there, after studying hundreds of individuals who are the main shoppers and chefs for their families, isolated five primary categories into which we home cooks fall. Each type has a very different and powerful effect on the eating habits of his or her family.
From the "Methodical" cook who follows recipes to the letter to her adventurous and experimental "Innovative" counterpart, these "personalities" are revealing - if a bit simplistic. I didn't find that I fell into one category exclusively, being the type to exhibit habits and preferences from any of the five (or a combination thereof), depending on which side of the bed I woke up on that day. I did, however, learn that I'd like to be more like one particular category, so now I can make a few changes in that general direction. It's an interesting - and easy - quiz. Click here to see for yourself.