I recently bought Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are and found myself drooling over the section on pizza. Add to that my classmate’s recent blog post about (Pi)zza from St. Louis, and it really is no surprise that my dreams were filled with pizza possibilities.
I convinced a friend to come over so we could “catch up” and watch DVR’d episodes of Downton Abbey. Things to note:
- I don’t own a DVR and I’m not quite sure what that abbreviation even means.
- Downton Abbey is lovely, but I prefer to enjoy the talents of Maggie Smith (AKA Professor McGonagall) during my own personal time. Alone.
- My friend makes excellent pizza dough. I really did want to catch up… on her pizza-making skills.
After some debate and discussion in the aisles of Whole Foods, we agreed on an ideal combination of ingredients.
- Yodeling Goat Gouda
- red onions
- spicy chorizo sausage
- marinara sauce
We each made our own pizza with the same ingredients, and the masterpiece finale was rather revealing.
My friend likes her food in proportions. When there are multiple food items on her plate, she likes to make the perfect bite with a little bit from everything. All in proportion. I, on the other hand, like to shovel food in my mouth. When there are multiple food items on my plate, I like to mix everything together. I’m less concerned with proportions and having the perfect bite than flavor and having the perfect taste.
We compared our pizzas, made with the exact same ingredients, and found a few differences. I shaved my goat gouda while she grated hers. She tore apart her olives while I threw mine on whole. I had big chunks of broccoli florets while she had diced her broccoli into miniscule bits of nothing. Her chorizo was evenly distributed over the entire pizza while mine was haphazardly smashed down. Could pizza, more specifically our eating preferences, be indicative of personality?
My academically sound research involved a Google search on “eating habits”, “personality”, and “what does eating like a monster say about my personality”. Most of the results focused on diets and healthy eating, but two stood out. Though the theories are fun to read about, I can’t vouch for the validity or accuracy of any of these sites.
This search result examines eating habits in a very detailed and somewhat psychologically invasive way.
This search result is definitely more of what I was looking for because it introduces the concept that we are how we eat.
What does your eating personality say about you?