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"Chefs are a lot like hardware hackers. Both geek out, absorbing the specs of (vegetables/technology) for the purpose of creating something that nobody else has: innovative food/new machines." (Marc Powell)
Howard Hardesty at
Inacomp Technical Services Group
is taking an interesting, metaphorical approach to marketing his company's services at conferences like
. What lessons could educators learn from this?
Leigh Graves-Wolf's Ignite Lansing Presentation on Food Photography
What food photography teaches us about the quest for perfection, quality teaching and learning, educational technology, and experiential learning
Thomson, Peter J. (2012, November 12).
Creativity lessons from NOMA restaurant
Peter J. Thomson.
Retrieved November 21, 2012, from
- Blog post with photos of cartoon characters created out of different foods for a child's school lunch
- Blog with scenes created out of food
Food for Design
Beautiful, intriguing website and blog that address creativity and innovation in food design
- Highlights innovations in service-ware from famous restaurants
- A mommy blogger who posts pictures of the lunches she makes for her child
Portfolio of food photos, tricks for food photographers, and tips for food stylists
- FANTASTIC website of a French chef, all in French, be sure to explore all the links
24 must-see diagrams that will make eating healthier easier
27 diagrams that make cooking so much easier
27 infographics that teach you how to cook
Innovation with Food
Decoding Ferran Adria (Hosted by Anthony Bourdain)
- A 10-minute segment from a 46 minute video clip from the special that aired on the Food Network about the world famous chef from Barcelona whose restaurant is so popular that you have to seek reservations 2 years in advance! (Ferran Adria discusses in Spanish the best times & locations to create in this
Full Food Network special available in English from Amazon
- A restaurant in Lloret de mar, Spain that periodically "treats" guests to the experience of simulated earthquakes.
Food Flash Mob
NewNuma.com 11608 Chocolate Speed Painting with Spoon
Speed Painting with Ketchup and French Fries
- Uses ketchup and French fries to paint Ronald McDonald & SuperSize Me cover. Interesting implications for creativity, 3D, etc.
The Vegetable Orchestra
- First part of the 5:56 video is a little slow, but nicely done. Eventually, they create instruments out of veggies and play them. Very creative. Could be good to combine with the
Vegetal Como Eres
book that uses vegetable art to explore emotions in Spanish. Students could also describe what is happening frame by frame.
Vik Muniz: Art with wire, thread, sugar, chocolate
- TED Talks video with incredibly innovative examples of sophisticated pieces of art created out of wire, thread (esp. compelling), and spaghetti!
- Intriguing article that describes how one chef is taking advantage of emerging technologies to create innovative dining experiences for guests that include edible menus and photos printed with organic ink made of fruit and vegetable juice, as well as future projects that seek to make food levitate, etc.
- VERY cool photo chart that uses a chemical perspective on food (foods with similar chemical elements can be paired) to diagram what are essentially the social networks of different foods. Super inspiration for creative food combos
- Interactive, allows you to choose favorite foods and see relevant pairings, create your own food map, diagram recipes, food games, etc.
- Look at how food properties make them related
- Information designed for diabetics, but useful to everyone, re: the effects of food choices on blood glucose and insulin levels. Site includes a searchable database of foods (including many commercially packaged and prepared ones) and glycemic indices
- Look what "random access" through multiple pathways does for culinary arts! Browse visually, by flavor, by place, by menu, by user, by "interesting recipes," by tag cloud, by community, or by TV show
- Fascinating set of proposals for innovating by combining food and technology (See trailer for the original "Bullipedia"--a spinoff of Ferran Adria's restaurant in Spain named El Bulli
- Blog post that explains how a food magazine uses different covers to target different audiences (dedicated subscribers v. newsstand) and discusses the use of QR codes in the magazine as well
Cooking as a Hidden Art
- Blog post in French (scroll down to the red text for an English translation) re: the creative processes involved in cooking
23 Brilliant Life Lessons from Anthony Bourdain
- Shows how web 2.0 thinking used in web design makes sites more useful to users via random access through various conceptual categories (cuisine, ingredient, mood, taste, etc.) Select tags from multiple tabs, results displayed in visual tag cloud.
- Gourmet recipes
- Nicely categorized links
- Browse visually, by flavor, by place, by menu, by user, by "interesting recipes," by tag cloud, by community, or by TV show. Great resource for culinary arts students (and foodies everywhere)
- A peer-reviewed, online, open access journal that publishes "interdisciplinary articles on flavour, its generation and perception, and its influence on behavior and nutrition"
(See also this article)
Culinary Arts: A Recipe for Success
- Key elements include complimentary meals, sensory appeal, etc.
- Blog that addresses all sorts of interesting news and projects related to food science
Frog & Toad
- Episode discusses "fear of growing," patience, and focuses on Frog and Toad who bake cookies and have trouble exercising the willpower not to eat them all in one sitting. After various attempts at problem-solving, they feed the cookies to the birds . . . no more cookies, but lots and lots of willpower.
- Database of 117 common spices from around the world, with photos of both the dried and live plants and information on common uses in their native environments
- Website devoted to gastronomy with links to food chemistry, history, presentation, and lots of other interesting resources
- Interesting tips re: food photography - wet cotton balls microwaved will give you up to a minute of steam, glycerin gives you shiny food, blowtorch will give you grill marks, glue instead of milk, etc.
- Profiles of several well-known designers from different fields (advertising, architecture, etc.). The line re: predicting appetites and then satisfying them would be particularly useful in PD & instructional design
Como Hacer Una Salsa-Spanish Project - YouTube
- Spanish how-to cooking project w/ commands
- Worksheets (PDFs) on food science in German
- Outline for a class in France that seeks to help students explore the culture and history of France while simultaneously introducing them to concepts in food chemistry
- Food science site designed for kids with lots of interesting resources such as a world-wide spice map, information on breads from around the world, etc.
Powell, Marc. (2008, March 3). Kitchen hack lab: Food hacking for techies.
Retrieved March 12, 2008, from
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