Trattner Christoph, Kuśmierczyk Tomasz, Rokicki Markus, Herder Eelco
Plate and Prejudice: Gender Differences in Online Cooking
UMAP 2016, ACM, Halifax, NS, Canada , 2016
Historically, there have always been differences in how men andwomen cook or eat. The reasons for this gender divide have mostlygone in Western culture, but still there is qualitative and anecdotalevidence that men prefer heftier food, that women take care of everydaycooking, and that men cook to impress. In this paper, weshow that these differences can also quantitatively be observed in alarge dataset of almost 200 thousand members of an online recipecommunity. Further, we show that, using a set of 88 features, thegender of the cooks can be predicted with fairly good accuracy of75%, with preference for particular dishes, the use of spices andthe use of kitchen utensils being the strongest predictors. Finally,we show the positive impact of our results on online food reciperecommender systems that take gender information into account.