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What kind of cook are you?

You've heard that cooking at home is THE hot trend right now -- it's more economical and healthier, generally translating to much fewer calories, sodium, and the like. But what kind of cook you are makes a big difference in how healthy you and your family eat. I'm intrigued that researchers at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab recently queried 770 cooks and discovered five distinct cooking personalities, with roughly equal representation:

“Giving” cooks: enthusiastic; specialize in comfort food, particularly home-baked goodies.

“Methodical” cooks: rely heavily on recipes and cookbooks.

“Competitive” cooks: think less about health, more about making impressive dishes.

“Healthy” cooks: often serve fish and use fresh ingredients, but taste isn’t the primary goal.

“Innovative” cooks: like to experiment, which tends to lead to more healthful cooking.

(You can find out your cooking personality type by taking this short quiz.)

But I have to take issue with their definition of the healthy cook: Yikes! Do people still equate healthy with less-good taste?? I beg to differ. If food doesn't taste good, what's the point? There shouldn't be a divide between healthy food and delicious food -- and of course, that's always been the goal DL recipes. The main Cornell guy, Brian Wansink, says the Innovatives are the ones to hang out with because you'll get good taste and good health. If that's you, DL is your mag!

On that note: Do you have a favorite DL recipe that you feel perfectly combines taste and health? We'd love to hear about it ... especially because we're rounding up favorites from the past 25 years, in anticipation of celebrating DL's 25th anniversary in May.

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