Human-Food Interaction Framework: A New Design Tool Used to Understand Amateur Home Cooks’ Needs
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Our present research focuses on gaining a better understanding of the relationships between food and different human stakeholders in order to develop our Human-Food Interaction framework. This paper focuses on the key stakeholders of people new to the kitchen called “amateur cooks.” We noticed there is a gap in research on this group regarding how they transition between taking stored food and choosing how and what to cook. We discovered from initial interviews that more amateur home cooks initially strictly follow recipes and therefore create food waste on the niche ingredients they buy for each recipe. More advanced cooks see recipes as composed of an essential base (like pasta or salad) and extras which are added on to that base (like nuts, sauces or cheese). As a result, we sought to develop a tool to help amateur cooks unleash their creativity and gain confidence while cooking. Our research led us to develop a prototype called Flavor Explorer, a new algorithm and corresponding interface that allows amateur cooks to find the best ingredient pairings depending on what they have stored in their kitchens. With this tool and our research, we thus hope to highlight the importance of the needs of this user group while proposing a novel tool that could actually help amateur cooks around the world.
KeywordsFood design Ingredients Confidence Home cooks Design thinking
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