Cooking, health and evidence

Cooking, health and evidence

Wrangham (2009) in his exegesis on how important cooking is for humans said ’even vegetarians thrive on cooked diets. We are cooks rather than carnivores’ (p, 53). Everyone at some time in their lives will prepare food and/or consume food prepared by a loved one, eat food at a special event. All this emphasises the relevance of this special issue which contains papers from key academics and practitioners on the subject of cooking and cooking skills. Food is pervasive in our lives necessary for health and sustenance but also performing a social and cultural role. We use food for identity and to distinguish ourselves from others. The subjects covered range from those dealing with the distribution of skills in the population, cooking skills as part of public health interventions, through to measurement issues and the delivery of educational programmes in settings such as schools and communities. Authors are drawn from a broad range of professions involved in; promoting cooking, public health, health promotion community development, home economics, nutrition, professional chefs, as well as the views of the public.

A comprehensive approach to understanding cooking behavior: implications for research and practice,An evaluation tool for measuring food skills acquisition ,Construct validity of Brazilian cooking skills and healthy eating questionnaire by the known-groups method,Cooking with offenders to improve health and well-being.,Culinary nutrition education for undergraduate nutrition dietetics students ,Effectiveness of Australian cooking skill interventions,Effectiveness of nutrition education accompanied by cooking demonstration ,Evaluating food safety risk messages in popular cookbooks,Evaluating the effectiveness of a community-based dietary intervention in Nottingham,Have Irish parents put cooking on the back burner? An Island of Ireland study of the food skills, cooking confidence and practices of parents,Older adults’ cooking trajectories: shifting skills and strategies,School-age cooking program assessment has face validity,Strengthening adult community-based cooking skills interventions using realist principles ,Teaching and learning cooking skills in Home Economics: what do teachers for students with mild intellectual disabilities consider important to learn?,To cook or not to cook - what are the barriers?

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