Confident, fearful and hopeless cooks

Martine Stead, Martin Caraher, Wendy Wrieden, Patricia Longbottom, Karen Valentine, Annie Anderson
2004 British Food Journal  
This is the accepted version of the paper. This version of the publication may differ from the final published version. Permanent repository link: Link to published version: http://dx. ABSTRACT One of the many barriers to a healthier diet in low-income communities is a presumed lack of practical food skills. This article reports findings from exploratory qualitative research conducted with potential participants in a cooking skills intervention, in low income
more » ... communities in Scotland. The research found widely varying levels of skill and confidence regarding cooking, supported the need for a community-based intervention approach, and demonstrated the importance of consumer research to inform the content of interventions. It also challenges the view that low income communities lack skills, suggesting that food skills should be defined more broadly than 'cooking from scratch'. Other barriers to healthy eating, such as poverty, food access and taste preferences, remain important.
doi:10.1108/00070700410529546 fatcat:yp3dajai6zcczgvwyfgh6ft4xu