Is it possible that the old adage, “you are what you eat,” could also translate to “you are what you make for dinner”? When Glamour magazine introduced their new book “100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know: Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life” on the Today show, it got me thinking.
Could the food you serve be a metaphor for your personality and attitudes? Once I pictured all the people I know and what they make for dinner, I became convinced that an association does exist!
Check it out – Below, I listed the categories I created. Take the quiz and let me know if I’m onto something. Buyer beware, I used no known scientific principles in the creation of this nomenclature.
1. First, pick the category of food that best matches what you serve yourself and others for dinner most often to determine your primary style. If you have hybrid dinner habits, you can assign percentages to the different categories to create a more complex personality profile. (That’s what happened with me. I ended up as a Simple Food 50%, Exotic and Spicy 25%, Gourmet and Healthy Takeout, 20%, and Meat and Potatoes 5%. I am also a Store-Bought Baker.)
- Meat and Potatoes
- Simple Food (e.g. meatloaf, soups, grilled fish, salad and roast chicken)
- Vegetarian or Vegan
- Exotic and Spicy
- Whatever I Have in the Cupboard and Fridge ( e.g. soup, cereal, canned or frozen foods)
- Gourmet or Healthy Take-Out
- Fast Food Take-Out
- Mama Bear Baker (e.g. chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies, brownies, fruit crisp)
- Boutique Baker ( e.g. Truffle Cake, Pavlova , Passion Fruit Soufflé)
- Store-Bought Baker
- Someone Else Takes Care of My Dinner
2. Now read what personality traits and attitudes are assigned to each of your categories:
- Gourmet: I want nothing but the best for me and my loved ones. I pay great attention to detail and am a bit of a perfectionist with a need for creative expression.
- Meat and Potatoes: I am the salt of the earth, hardy, sturdy, direct, loyal, and dependable.
- Simple Food: I’m hospitable, loving, and down to earth. I’ll take care of you, no fuss, and make you feel at home.
- Vegetarian or Vegan: I’m health conscious, environmentally aware, and empathetic to others and their causes.
- Exotic and Spicy: I enjoy the exotic and spicy side of life and I have a flair for the dramatic.
- Whatever I Have in the Cupboard and Fridge: Don’t bore me with the mundane details of life; Iwant to get on with it and enjoy myself. I hate wasting time on the details, but I will take care of whatever has to be done.
- Gourmet or Healthy Take-Out: I’m in a hurry to live my life and get on with it. I don’t have much time, but I want my basic needs met with style, and I am willing to pay money for it.
- Fast Food Take-Out: I’m in a hurry to live my life and get on with it. Time and money are precious resources to me, so don’t bore me with details. Whatever I do have time to do, I want it to give me the satisfaction I deserve.
- Mama Bear Baker: I am nurturing and enjoy a sense of community.
- Boutique Baker: I am caring and gracious, and feel a need for creative expression.
- Store-Bought Baker: I am caring, and like to participate in community, but I am busy with other things in life besides relationships.
- Someone Else Takes Care of my Dinner: I am responsible and busy. I have others in my life that care more about cooking than I do, so I am willing to let them take care of me so I can take care of my business.
What type are you? Did it fit? Did I miss any? Please share! I’d love to hear your feedback.
Check out the information on the Glamour cookbook and their now famous “Engagement Chicken.” Since the first publication of the recipe in 2004, countless readers used it to get engaged so it was the inspiration for their recipe book.