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Domestic Cooking and Food Skills: A Review

McGowan, L., Caraher, M., Raats, M., Lavelle, F., Hollywood, L.E., McDowell, D., Spence, M., McCloat, A., Mooney, E. and Dean, M. (2015) Domestic Cooking and Food Skills: A Review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, online . pp. 1549-7852. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26618407

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10408398.2015.1072495

Abstract

Domestic cooking skills (CS) and food skills (FS) encompass multiple components, yet there is a lack of consensus on their constituent parts, inter-relatedness or measurement, leading to limited empirical support for their role in influencing dietary quality. This review assessed the measurement of CS and FS in adults (>16 years); critically examining study designs, psychometric properties of measures, theoretical basis and associations of CS/FS with diet. Electronic databases (PsychInfo), published reports and systematic reviews on cooking and home food preparation interventions (Rees et al. 2012 ; Reicks et al. 2014 ) provided 834 articles of which 26 met the inclusion criteria. Multiple CS/FS measures were identified across three study designs: qualitative; cross-sectional; and dietary interventions; conducted from 1998-2013. Most measures were not theory-based, limited psychometric data was available, with little consistency of items or scales used for CS/FS measurements. Some positive associations between CS/FS and FV intake were reported; though lasting dietary changes were uncommon. The role of psycho-social (e.g., gender, attitudes) and external factors (e.g. food availability) on CS/FS is discussed. A conceptual framework of CS/FS components is presented for future measurement facilitation, which highlights the role for CS/FS on food-related behaviour and dietary quality. This will aid future dietary intervention design.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Cooking, food, skills, food literacy, measurement, scale, diet
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Ulster Business School
ID Code:33507
Deposited By: Dr Lynsey Hollywood
Deposited On:04 Mar 2016 15:11
Last Modified:04 Mar 2016 15:11

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