This is also known as interview method. The method involves collection of information from head of the family or house wife regarding the nature and quantities of foods consumed during the past 24 or 48 hours. The necessary information is entered in the schedule designed for conducting the survey making necessary entries in the schedule. This method will only yield approximate results. It gives information regarding the following aspects:
dietary habits of a large section of the population within a short period in a particular area
the food items commonly consumed and the approximate quantities consumed
dietary trends and the quantity of protein-rich and protective foods consumed by the family
types of foods given to infants and pre-school children, expectant and nursing mothers
sources of supply of foodstuffs, methods of storage and cooking practices and
likes and dislikes, taboos and superstitions regarding some category of foods.