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Fri, Oct. 14th, 2005, 01:00 pm
c00k1ng h4XX0rs

Returning from Montreal and hopped up on jetlag and melatonin, I had an idea. london.food shows that there's at least a healthy overlap between geeks and cooking. Indeed cooking is a lot like hacking - it's creative but technical, spanning the gap between engineering and art. You can cargo cult by just blindly following the recipe or you can understand why you mix butter and oil together. And, of course, there's more than one way to do it.

So, my idea is to pitch a Cooking Hacks book that is part tutorial, part recipe book and part list of useful tips such as "If your dish is too salty then you can add milk", "whisk some butter into a sauce to make it glossy", "if you've got no sour cream add lemon juice and baking soda to normal cream", "to get griddle marks simply ..."

It appears to have some traction among the other denizens of the list so I'm going to plonk myself down in a pub with some of the more enthusiastic suspects and try and bash out a sample contents page and ideas for a chapter.

And, of course, that would another thing of my list of 100 things to do