Thursday, April 13, 2006
Sigh. I don’t get why our culture encourages peole to think that somehow cooking (unlike every other learned skill) is just something you are born with. Our chimpanzee ancestors didn’t (and hopefully still don’t) make flan, people. It’s not instinctive. So “I can’t cook” usually means “I can’t be bothered to practice”. I don’t see how a tool like the one below is going to solve anything. But then again, maybe that’s why everything tastes like chicken.
No amount of hours spent in front of Iron Chef and Good Eats will a good chef make, friends, but perhaps one might consider the employment of one MIT Media Lab experiment by Connie Cheng and Leonardo Bonanni: the Intelligent Spoon. This, um, intelligent spoon has zinc, gold, zener diode, and aluminum sensors to detect the temperature, acidity, salinity, and viscosity levels of the human-feed it's currently stirring, which it then sends back to a host computer for processing and direction. We're not sure this would help us to add a certain subtlety or trans-cultural flavor adaptation to the sweetbreads we were planning on whipping up tonight, but it might just do the trick in keeping you from over-salting that pancake mix on a Saturday morning. [via Engadget]
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