This fairly analytical cook will usually use a combination of packaged and fresh foods. “These people are concerned with nutrition but also enjoy the convenience of packaged foods, so they look for opportunities to achieve both goals, often adding their own special touch (such as a seasoning or additional ingredient) to the packaged item,” says Castrigno. Think: sautéing some mushrooms with fresh garlic and adding them to a jarred spaghetti sauce. They happily follow directions, feeling relief at not having to figure the whole meal out by themselves. The idea for the meal possibly came from a magazine or advertisement because this type of person likes to have a framework in place. But they’re still open to suggestions.
Spice Things Up: Sharing in meal preparation with a mix and matcher can be fairly simple. Delegating tasks becomes much easier for the chef when he can refer a helper to written directions. In this case, the best way to pitch in may be to assemble and measure ingredients or spices. Be sure to give clear signals of how you want the evening to end up. Playing hard to get with a person like this is likely to backfire.