Peeking into your kitchen

by Andree Lau, CBCnews.ca

Some people like to snoop in other people's medicine cabinets; I like to peek in friends' kitchens and cupboards. How do they organize their spices? Do they also occasionally indulge in party-size bags of salt and pepper chips? These are all things that fascinate me.

A research blog encourages food bloggers to post photos of where they store food at home. (Andree Lau/CBC)

A master's student at the University of Cambridge is studying just that as part of a wider look at food, blogging and values.

By surveying food bloggers, sociologist caitlin m. boston (that's how she signs her name) is looking at how people assign and cultivate social values, relationships and identities around food.

On her research website, FOODefineme, she's asked food bloggers to post photos of how they store food at home.

I'm gratified to see most people's fridges are just as haphazard as mine. However, many have much neater cupboards.

If you're a food blogger, you might be interested in participating in her 15-question online survey.

"As food bloggers, you all have something to say about food and you've made the choice to share it with others, leaving me to ask these (along with some other questions): why?" she says.