Excerpts from the report Summary: Surveys of household practices in the preparation and use of selected foods were made in Birmingham, Ala., and Indianapolis, Ind., in spring 1953, and Everett, Wash,, in fall 1953. The information obtained in these surveys has many uses in educational and marketing programs, and in research programs in human nutrition, home economics, and utilization of agricultural products. The foods studied were eggs, milk, table fats, sugar, and selected vegetables. Information was also reported on home baking and frying. The surveys showed (1) how the selected foods were used in the participating households and (2) how certain characteristics of the participating households affected the use of these foods.