About Our Kitchen Lab

I.W. McFarlane, the owner/editor of Our Kitchen Lab, has been cooking since he was nine years old old. He often recall the day his mother told him that it was time for him to learn to cook because she wasn't going to be around for long. After receiving a few cooking lessons from her, unfortunately, she died when he was only ten years old.

Today, cooking --- especially the creation of different recipes --- is one of his favorite leisure activities. He has been running a small cooking class on Saturdays for approximately 11 years where he has been teaching participants to cook with different fresh, herbs, spices, fruits, wines and beers. He is also the Author of the book "Creative Cooking - Delicious Fruits, Vegetables, Wine & Beer Recipes." 

He created this blog specifically, to share some of his cooking secrets, tips, ideas, and techniques. In this blog, he will also be offering a few recommendations on essential kitchen tools, that not only get the job done the right way, but also much easier and faster. Last but not least, although the nourishment from food is the mainstay of our lives, at the same token, some foods can be very detrimental to our bodies. For this reason, he has decided to share some information on certain foods, food additives, and so on, that we should try to avoid, and also, precautions that we should take when preparing food in general.

 He believes, if we could all make it our duty to help somebody in this life, our living will not be in vain!

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Conducting Research -  One of  Most Reliable Sources Online
When conducting a research you should always bear in mind that the quality of research you find in your explorations at the library and the Internet may vary to a great extent. However, one way to roughly access the quality or reliability of a study is to find out whether it has been juried or non-juried

 Juried versus Non-juried  Research
A juried (or refereed) research report is one that has been judged by respected colleagues in one’s field and deemed to be of sufficient quality and importance to warrant publication.

 For instance, the editors of many academic journals send submitted manuscripts to one or more reviewers who pass judgment on the manuscripts, and only manuscripts that meet certain criteria are published in the journal. This is the reason these journals are often referred to as peer- reviewed journals. 

A non-juried (or no referred) report on the contrary, is one that appears in a journal or on the Internet without first being reviewed by one or more experts. No doubt, the quality of some of these reports are excellent, but others may not be.

As the reader, one important skill you need to have, is the ability to review the work of others and evaluate the quality of their methods, results, and conclusions. In some cases, this can be easily accomplished, but in others this can be a bit more difficult. However, if you take the time to develop your ability to evaluate other researchers’ work, you will get a better sense of how to improve your own research efforts.

A good way to go about doing this is to try to locate several research articles relevant to your interests. As you read and study the articles, consider the questions in the following checklist.

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