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Cooking, Health and Evidence

Special issue call for papers from British Food Journal

Special Issue of the British Food Journal

Call for Papers: Cooking, health and evidence

Special Issue of the British Food Journal

Guest Editors

Professor Martin Caraher
Centre for Food Policy, City University, London
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Dr Andrea Begley
School of Public Health, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
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Dr Xavier Allirot
Basque Culinary Center, Spain
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Cooking is considered an everyday activity forming part of the temporal patterns of life but is increasingly in the spotlight in relation to its culpability for poor health outcomes. Cooking and food preparation have emerged as popular public health interventions variously designed to address dietary intakes such as poor fruit and vegetable intake and more broadly to reduce obesity, chronic disease and food insecurity.  In contrast the proliferation of cookbooks, television cooking shows, celebrity chefs and technological advanced home cooking equipment would indicate that interest in cooking in austerity times has never been higher.

Research on how people do cooking as part of everyday life activities, evidence of effectiveness in changing dietary behavior and consideration of other impacts across lifecycle groups is lacking. These points strengthen the proposition that more investigation is required as to how cooking is defined, what type of cooking is done, what is required to eat healthy foods and how cooking skill interventions can be best delivered to contribute to healthy outcomes. Investigating cooking requires the use of different theoretical paradigms and approaches. 

Call for papers

The guest editors of this Special Issue are seeking contributions from across the spectrum of cooking related research projects from community-based interventions to experimental research on cooking and food preparation. These can be focused on the potential health outcomes of cooking skill interventions, the pedagogical basis of delivering such programmes or the longer term funding and delivery of programmes in a health policy model. We are interested in both empirical research articles as well as conceptual pieces. In this regard we welcome papers covering (but not limited) to the following questions:

•    Meaning/definitions of cooking including cooking habits and trends
•    What defines the cooking skills required for health and the evidence that cooking skills are in decline and/or being devalued?
•    What theoretical frameworks = inform research into cooking, cooking skills and cooking skill interventions?
•    How effective are cooking skill interventions for adults in the community, adolescents and children in school and community settings in changing attitudes and confidence?
•    What is the evidence that cooking skill interventions address food insecurity or increase healthy eating including duration of interventions?
•    What is required to develop cooking skills across the lifespan and how do cooking skills change?
•    How are cooking skill interventions linked to other initiatives such as growing food?
•    Where is the evidence of cooking training and competency development of health professionals?
•    Is there a role or need for government to take responsibility for the investment everyday life activities like cooking?

Submission instructions

•    Manuscripts should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words and formatted according to the journal author guidelines.
•    Submissions must be received by 1st December 2016 via the online submission system Scholar One Manuscripts:
•    Authors should indicate that the manuscript is for this special issue by selecting this from the dropdown list on Scholar One Manuscripts.

For further information

Please see the journal homepage: or contact the guest editors.