Atlas Obscura: Cook Your Way Through Regional Indian Recipes With This Online Archive

Atlas Obscura: Cook Your Way Through Regional Indian Recipes With This Online Archive. “Indo-Pakistani Cuisine is one of many cookbooks included in the Indian Community Cookbook Project, a digitized archive that contains written recipes and community cookbooks written by many authors. Despite the name, though, not all the recipes come from printed books. ‘Many of India’s recipes live within oral cultures,’ says Ananya Pujary, one of the founders of the project. ‘We wanted to address those. To document cultures at the risk of disappearing, on the brink of forgetting.’”

WRAL: Maple Syrup Making Also Boomed as a Pandemic Hobby

WRAL: Maple Syrup Making Also Boomed as a Pandemic Hobby. “Stress-baking and panic shopping. Vegetable regrowing and crafting. Now we can add another hobby to a year of quarantine trends: backyard maple sugaring. Among the many indicators that it’s on the rise: a run on at-home evaporators and other syrup-making accouterments; a surge in traffic and subscriptions to maple syrup-making websites and trade publications; and, of course, lots and lots of documentation on social media.”

Engadget: Google AI is battling a ‘Great British Bake Off’ winner in a dessert face-off

Engadget: Google AI is battling a ‘Great British Bake Off’ winner in a dessert face-off. “Baking is as much science as it is art. Perhaps to find out whether the former’s more important, Google Cloud AI is taking on a Great British Bake Off winner in a dessert face-off. Sara Robinson, an amateur baker and Google Cloud developer advocate, built a machine learning model that examined hundreds of baking recipes (including ones for traybakes, cookies and scones) to help her come up with a new one.”

Mashable: Free recipe apps for whatever (and however) you want to cook

Mashable: Free recipe apps for whatever (and however) you want to cook. “With a decent recipe app, you can instantly convert your smartphone or tablet into a veritable library of cookbooks. We’ve tried and tested five fabulous free recipe apps that together offer you well over 100,000 recipes from all around the world. Many of these also give you the ability to save recipes you want to make, allow you to easily create shopping lists of the exact ingredients you need, and even let you shop for the ingredients with integrated purchasing abilities.”

NiemanLab: The New York Times is so done with its 77,000-member Facebook cooking group. What happens now?

NiemanLab: The New York Times is so done with its 77,000-member Facebook cooking group. What happens now?. “Members are speculating: Why would The New York Times want to abandon its 77,000-member cooking Facebook group? The one whose demise I surely ensured by reporting, upon its launch two years ago, that it was a ‘happy corner of the internet’? A place where, as one Times social media editor put it at the time, ‘everyone’s so nice to each other, and so encouraging, it feels like one long episode of “The Great British Baking Show,” 24 hours a day’? A lot can change in two years.”

Adventures with AI: Here’s what happened when I ate a three course meal designed by artificial intelligence (The Next Web)

The Next Web: Adventures with AI: Here’s what happened when I ate a three course meal designed by artificial intelligence. “I first sought culinary inspiration from GPT-3, a text generator that’s destined to either Take Over The World or burn out in a blaze of bigotry and pseudophilosophy. The model’s been trained on a gobsmacking quantity of data, including the entire English-language Wikipedia, two vast corpora of books, and a filtered version of the Common Crawl. With so many recipes now online, GPT-3 must have learned its way around the kitchen. Right I put my stomach on the line to find out.”

Food Business News: Nestle expands AI efforts with ‘cookie coach’

Food Business News: Nestle expands AI efforts with ‘cookie coach’. “Using artificial intelligence (AI), Nestle has debuted the ‘cookie coach,’ a lifelike virtual avatar that uses natural language AI and autonomous animation to answer basic questions about the company’s Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe. The ‘coach’s’ name is Ruth, in honor of Toll House Inn founder Ruth Wakefield, and can interpret and respond to a range of written or spoken queries.”

No Restaurant? No Problem: Chefs Have Found a Certain Freedom in Selling Meals on Instagram. (Eater Portland)

Eater Portland: No Restaurant? No Problem: Chefs Have Found a Certain Freedom in Selling Meals on Instagram.. “Chefs make everything from za’atar-rubbed roast chickens to whole lasagnas to ramen kits to pozole on menus posted to Instagram via stories; customers then order meals via DM, paying over Venmo or CashApp. Many of these Instagram businesses — not quite a restaurant, not quite a pop-up — began as survival mechanisms related to the pandemic as mid-level restaurant jobs dried up.”

Click on Detroit: Epicurious is righting cultural wrongs one recipe at a time

Click on Detroit: Epicurious is righting cultural wrongs one recipe at a time. “With a new Black editor in chief and ambitious promises to do better, a little corner of the Conde Nast universe is taking on racial and cultural injustice one recipe at a time. Since July, the small staff at Epicurious, a resource site for home cooks, has been scouring 55 years’ worth of recipes from a variety of Conde Nast magazines in search of objectionable titles, ingredient lists and stories told through a white American lens.”

New York Times: I Lost My Appetite Because of Covid. This Sichuan Flavor Brought It Back.

New York Times: I Lost My Appetite Because of Covid. This Sichuan Flavor Brought It Back.. “When I got sick and lost my sense of smell — a common neurological symptom of Covid-19 — the foods I loved became muddled and ugly. My brain was incapable of interpreting the delicious information floating around me, unable to detect, let alone identify, any of the aromas I took in through my nose. Without smells to guide me, my sense of taste faded and food flattened out, going gray and muted, dull and lifeless. Cheese became rubber and paste. Popcorn turned into thorny foam. The bland squish of a roast-chicken breast made me recoil. My appetite dwindled, until I was brought back to the pure pleasures of eating by a classic Sichuan flavor: mala.”

TechCrunch: Google AI concocts ‘breakie’ and ‘cakie’ hybrid baked goods

TechCrunch: Google AI concocts ‘breakie’ and ‘cakie’ hybrid baked goods. “If, as I suspect many of you have, you have worked your way through baking every type of cookie, bread and cake under the sun over the last year, Google has a surprise for you: a pair of AI-generated hybrid treats, the ‘breakie’ and the ‘cakie.’ The origin of these new items seems to have been in a demonstration of the company’s AutoML Tables tool, a codeless model generation system that’s more spreadsheet automation than what you’d really call ‘artificial intelligence.’ But let’s not split hairs, or else we’ll never get to the recipe.”

Food Business News: Duncan Hines debuts baking kits inspired by social media

Food Business News: Duncan Hines debuts baking kits inspired by social media. “Conagra Brands, Inc. is introducing Duncan Hines Epic Baking Kits, a collection of colorful, over-the-top cake, brownie and cookie kits. The kits come in five varieties: Fruity Pebbles Cake Kit, Salted Caramel Brownie Kit, S’mores Brownie Kit, Cookies & Cream Cookie Kit and Cookie Dough Cookie Kit.”