The New York Times recently featured a fascinating article about how your health depends on who’s buying the food and doing the cooking in your household.
I was not at all surprised to find that there are five types of “nutritional gatekeepers” and that the five types correspond exactly to the Feng Shui’s Five Elements archetypes.
Researchers at Cornell University interviewed several hundred family cooks about their personalities, cooking methods and favorite ingredients. They identified these five distinct types of cooks:
“Giving” cooks (22%) are enthusiastic about cooking and specialize in comfort food, particularly home-baked goodies.
- These cooks correspond to the “Mother” Earth Element in Feng Shui, providing comfort and nourishment for those they love.
“Methodical” cooks(18%) rely heavily on recipes, so their cooking is strongly influenced by the cookbook they use.
- These Metal Element cooks love to be well-organized and follow a good plan.
“Competitive” cooks(13%) think less about health and more on making the most impressive dish possible.
- Here are the Wood Element cooks — always looking for the next “win.”
“Healthy” cooks (20%) often serve fish and use fresh ingredients, but taste isn’t the primary goal.
- These are the Water Element cooks, who seek purity and truthfulness, even in their ingredients!
“Innovative” cooks(19%) like to experiment with different ingredients, cooking methods and cuisines, a process that tends to lead to more healthful cooking.
- Here is the quintessential Fire Element cook, constantly seeking ways to expand her horizons.
(A quiz that can help you determine your cooking personality is at nytimes.com/well.)
Read more about the Five Feng Shui Archetypes here to find out more about yourself and your style — including your cooking style.
Which type are you?