What’s the food consumption behavior like in an average American home?


As a part of our assignment “Talk to Strangers”, I set out to speak to a few people on their food purchase, consumption, cooking and disposal behaviors. Co-incidentally, the three people who agreed to speak to me were all females. I’m not sure if it’s because women are still the primary runners of the kitchen or it was just the time of the day that I choose for these conversation, that most men I tried to speak with either seemed busy or in-middle of something or weren’t as interested after I introduced the topic. Well, for the purposes of this post that’s not really what I want to focus on, but it’s something I’d like to explore more about as I go further into my research.

For the purposes of this conversation, I broadly introduced people about my project and then asked them to talk about their food consumption behaviors at home, things like:

  • How do you go about buying groceries?
  • How do you keep track of what to buy? When to buy? How to buy?
  • Do you come across times when you have excess food then you can actually consume/ cook?
  • What do you do incase you have leftovers or extra groceries?
  • What do you do when the food is getting close to expiration date/ already expired?

Here is what I learned:

The audio recording of the complete conversations can be found here