Cornell University researchers studied nearly 800 family cooks and determined five distinct types of cooking personalities, types which supposedly influence the types of dishes that you make and what your “food biases” are. The study was done mostly to show that what we think we’re eating – healthy, tasty home-cooked meals – isn’t necessarily what we’re putting on the table because homemade doesn’t necessarily mean health food (although it certainly can). The quiz is fun to take, if nothing revolutionary, but I did notice that they really seemed to overlook baking – even though there are distinct types of bakers out there, as well! I tweaked the quiz a little bit. Take it and post your “baking personality” in the comments!
1) When I bake, I typically:
a) Opt for one of a handful of very familiar recipes that I make all the time.
b) Pick a recipe and follow it step-by-step.
c) Tweak the ingredients of a recipe to cut down on fat or sugar.
d) Go all out and create impressive, professional-looking delicacies.
e) Rarely use recipes as written and like to experiment with ingredients and flavors.
2) Some of my favorite ingredients are:
a) Chocolate, butter and vanilla.
b) Flour, eggs and sugar.
c) Applesauce and brown sugar.
d) Scratch puff pastry and browned butter.
e) Herbs and edible flowers.
3) In my free time I like to:
a) Visit with friends and family with baked goods in tow.
b) Organize the house and clean the kitchen.
c) Exercise or take a fitness class to burn off those extra cookies.
d) Read cookbooks or take cooking classes.
e) Watch cooking shows and read food blogs to stay ahead of the food trends.
4) My favorite things to bake are:
a) Classics, like chocolate chip cookies and brownies.
b) Cakes, because there is a lot of variety in the flavors, but the technique is always similar.
c) Recipes that include whole grains, or cut down on the added fat.
d) Breads, where I can try to achieve the perfect crumb.
e) Ethnic sweets and desserts from other countries.
5) Other people describe me as:
a) Really friendly.
b) Diligent and methodical.
c) Health conscious.
d) Intense and passionate.
e) Curious or innovative.
Which letter did you choose most often? Don’t worry about overlap – most of us fall into more than one category, and the quiz is just for fun. Hereâ€™s what your answers say about your baking style:
a) Giving: Friendly, well-liked and enthusiastic, giving bakers seldom experiment, love baking and like to serve tried-and-true family favorites that they know are crowd pleasers, rather than risk experimenting with the unknown.
b) Methodical: Talented bakers who rely heavily on recipes because baking is considered to be a science for a reason! They know that they’ll get the results they want that way. And usually, their creations look just like the picture in the cookbook.
c) Healthy: Healthy bakers love to be in the kitchen, but worry about the side effects of eating too many treats. They experiment with alternative ingredients to cut down on the “unhealthy” parts of recipes, usually white flours, sugars, eggs and fats. Health comes first, even if it means making a few compromises with taste and texture.
d) Competitive: Pros do it, so there is no reason that the competitive bakers shouldn’t be able to do it, too. Competitive bakers have dominant personalities, are perfectionists who are always trying to improve their own skills, and love to impress their guests.
e) Innovative: Creative and trend-setting, innovative bakers seldom use recipes and like to experiment with ingredients, cuisine styles and methods.
Sugar DuchessMarch 17, 2009
Hmm… I’m a pretty even split between A and B. No surprise there! What a fun quiz 🙂
JodiMarch 17, 2009
Interesting! I’m an A, with a smattering of B. I was surprised that the questions didn’t ask about regional/ethnic cooking at all.
DaniMarch 17, 2009
pretty slipt between A and B… what a neat little quiz 🙂
ColletteMarch 17, 2009
I’m evidently a schizophrenic baker; 1 (a), 1 (b), 1 (d) and 2 (e)s. Everything except healthy! 😉 It actually makes sense since there are somethings I make over and over to give away, somethings I research so I can try and get it “right” and some that I like to experiment with. So, I guess it’s pretty accurate!
SandieMarch 17, 2009
Even though I only scored 2 B’s—it was the only letter I answered more than once so I guess that make me methodical, which in the end is fairly accurate.
Fun quiz—I enjoyed it!
JenniferMarch 17, 2009
2 b’s, 1 a, 1 d, 1 e… but that d could have easily been an a too, so I guess I’m mostly methodical, and partly giving 🙂
AngelaMarch 17, 2009
I’m surprised that I’m one of the first to say I’m definitely not A or B- well, I love to bake for people, but usually I try to broaden their horizons just a tad with some interesting ingredients.
So…I’m C and D, for sure!
BRIAN DUBSMarch 17, 2009
I love to bake for people.
CaitlinMarch 17, 2009
Hee – C, with a sprinkling of D. Actually, probably about half and half. Makes sense to me 🙂
CaroleMarch 17, 2009
I am A!! 2A’s, a C, a B and a D.
SusanMarch 17, 2009
3 As, 2 Bs. But a lot of the questions I was torn.
ShoshanaMarch 17, 2009
Mostly d, with 1 a and 1 b.
KatieMarch 17, 2009
I’m an A with a little bit of B too. Thanks for the super fun quiz. I would say that most people would agree with my baking style.
KimMarch 17, 2009
I’m definitely a B baker.
BeccaMarch 17, 2009
I’m a D…with a handful of E thrown in for good measure! Thanks for the fun. 🙂
Brownies for DinnerMarch 17, 2009
Split down the middle between A and E… with a pinch of D (2-A, 2-E, 1 D). I think it just depends on my mood 🙂
shannonMarch 17, 2009
when it comes to baking i’m very methodical and won’t stray, unless it’s interchangeable flavors. if it turns out like the picture is argueable though!
SarahMarch 17, 2009
I’m an even split between E and C – even the people I polled couldn’t pick an answer for the last one between the 2 haha.
lesley lMarch 17, 2009
B=methodical! it’s very seldom i attempt a recipe unless i have a picture of the final product so i can compare what the result looks like vs the pic. But do tend to share with friends & family! I bake to destress from the day.
MorganMarch 17, 2009
Well i am in B. I like to cook step by step professionally and don’t like hassels.
kitchen cornerMarch 17, 2009
Thanks for sharing this. It’s interesting. I’ve got (C)
LeslieMarch 18, 2009
really weird~~i got Bs on every single answer!
KrissyMarch 18, 2009
I’m an A baker with a smattering of B and E. 😀
I love baking and having friends come over. It’s such a nice feeling to have made something tasty and to share it with others.
MorganMarch 18, 2009
I don’t know how to cook. But whenever i want to cook something i take a cooking book and use the tips of cooking. I like clean kitchen so i think in in B category.
mrsblockoMarch 18, 2009
im an E and an A.
Fun quiz! thanks for posting it.
CatherineMarch 18, 2009
Mostly A, with a little of B.
CupcakeMarch 18, 2009
I am A and E LOL. I blogged about this on my site (and linked) I hope you don’t mind 🙂
SarenaMarch 18, 2009
Fun quiz…I was a C all the way!
LaurelMarch 18, 2009
I have a split personality. For others, I am an A (giving). For my family, especially me, I am a C (Healthy Baker). And for question #3, I picked all of the above!
BrendaMarch 18, 2009
I am also not one to be placed in a “cookie cutter”!!! I scored 2 C’s and 2 A’s, and one E! Part of my healthy cooking is out of necessity: My husband has diabetes, so I am always changing things to use either whole grains and/or Whey Low sugar/Agave nectar/Splenda Brown sugar. It’s SO hard because we have two younger children who love to eat what children love to eat! But they have to eat what my husband can eat because we’re all in this together!
marciMarch 18, 2009
I picked A,B,C,D, and E! A little bit of everything… I don’t think it means I’m balanced, though – probably more that I get bored easily.
suzieMarch 18, 2009
I am 3 A and 3 E. Yes, on a 5 part quiz, I got 6.
Thanks for putting it up; your oatmeal chocolate bar things I love and my family doesn’t so I get them all!!!!
TamaraMarch 18, 2009
Hm..2As, 2Bs, a C, and a D.
Everything but Innovative.
JuliaMarch 18, 2009
I was pretty evenly split between Innovative (e) and Competitive (d). That’s a little surprising to me because I wouldn’t have thought I was either, but I guess it’s true. 🙂
Judy (Judy's Gross Eats)March 18, 2009
Interesting quiz. I ended up with 3 Ds and 2 Bs, although one D could easily change to an E. Competitive and methodical. hmmm
Felicity BrambleMarch 18, 2009
2 b’s. Thanks for the quiz very innovative
Steph (I am Bee)March 19, 2009
i am an A and C …yeah, they most definitely describe me.
KatieMarch 20, 2009
Hmm I’m a mix of b and d. I must use recipes for my innovative ideas which i guess is kinda true 🙂 Interesting.
KatieMarch 20, 2009
opps meant b’s and e’s
Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food.March 20, 2009
Very nice. This was fun to do (and I usually don’t do quizes).
katherineMarch 21, 2009
well i did it and i’m A! haha kindda true coz i dont really venture into the unknowns when it comes to cooking. anyway its really interesting and thanks for sharing!!
sally599March 26, 2009
Funny I split evenly between B and E which completely contradict each other. I like to try new things but I always follow the recipe exactly the first time which is especially important if its something that you’ve never seen or tasted before.
krÃ³kuszApril 5, 2009
Wow… I am competitive in the kitchen… Thanks for the quiz!
LexyJune 19, 2009
I tested as a healthy baker but on another given day I’d probably be a giving baker, as I do tend to prepare goodies for loved ones quite often. I don’t really give material gifts for Christmas and birthdays. I bake!
This was a pretty accurate assessment however. Indeed whatever I do prepare is almost always sure to have some nutritional benefit!
kiwiNovember 20, 2010
I’m an A, B, C, D, E…? :S so, i guess i have a split personality..
carolynMarch 1, 2011
i guess i am in between c and b