Perspective| Volume 53, ISSUE 3, P267-269, March 2021

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The Challenging Task of Measuring Home Cooking Behavior

  • Margaret Raber
    Address for correspondence: Margaret Raber, DrPH, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030
    Department of Behavioral Science, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
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  • Julia Wolfson
    Department of Health Management and Policy and Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
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Published:January 14, 2021DOI:


      The link between home cooking and health is being actively explored in both observational and experimental studies. However, research on this topic is limited by the lack of cooking behavior metrics. Most existing assessment tools focus only on cooking frequency or one's ability to complete specific a priori food preparations. Cooking is a complex and multifaceted behavior that is influenced by culture, environment, and social norms. More flexible and adaptable measurement approaches are needed to elucidate the spectrum of cooking ability in the population and, in turn, develop meaningful recommendations and interventions.

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