Cooking Therapy:

Nourishing Our Minds And Feeding Our Souls At The Same Time?

Recent research has touted it to be an effective non-pharmacological mental health care method that can be easily practiced.

Remember Monica Geller on “Friends” cooking up large batches of jam because she needed to take control of her life and feel better? 

Or when Julia Child and Julie Powell, almost 50 years apart, become inclined to French cooking when 

they wanted to feel better about themselves in the 2009 movie “Julie & Julia”?  

Or, the film “Chef”, wherein the chief protagonist Carl Casper (essayed by Jon Favreau) starts a 

Cuban food truck and travels across the US to reignite his passion for food and cultural fusion?  

Popular food or chef-centric movies have now and then highlighted the therapeutic benefits of cooking. 

Alternatively known as culinary or kitchen therapy, it is a creative form of self-care that uses arts, cooking, gastronomy, and a 

person’s personal, cultural, and familial relationship with food to address emotional and psychological problems.   

Emerging research has proved that cooking therapy can help treat a wide variety of mental health conditions 

such as depression, chronic anxiety, stress and eating disorders, ADHD, and addiction.  

Its ‘sessions’ are considered amenable to innovation and group participation. 

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For instance, baking therapy, a type of cooking therapy, can be administered in groups—often involving community support for cognitive health (in the form of bake sales, etc.).  

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