Sunday, January 16, 2011

Geeks and Cooking

This is the transcript of the current One Minute with the Great Lakes Geek show.


What is it with geeks and cooking lately? We used to be content with over-caffeinated beverages or beer and pizza. In fact the old Microsoft Geekfests at Comdex used to advertise by promising ‘Warm Beer and Cold Pizza”. The food was not the thing.

Now I find myself reviewing a book called Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food. It’s an O’Reilly book so it’s good and the subtitle of Real Science, Great Hacks and Good Food makes it clear why I am interested in it.

I also have a box of Ghostbusters Stay Puft Caffeinated Marshmallows which are described as “The world’s finest caffeinated marshmallows.” I kid you not. You get 3 little trays that look like ice-cube trays, each holding 8 neat cubes of marshmallows – with a caffeine kick.

The marshmallows’ ingredients and consistency supposedly make them perfect for various creative cooking and science experiments. I can’t vouch for that yet but they do taste good – and have a little kick. And you have to like the “Who you gonna call - Ghostbusters” guy on the box.

Even CES wasn’t immune from the mix of tech and cooking. A device called the iGrill won the 6th Annual 2011 Bluetooth SIG Best of CES Awards for Best New Product. As the World’s First Bluetooth Cooking Thermometer for iPhone, they say it will Revolutionize the Way We Cook and give A Perfectly Cooked Steak, Every Time.

The $99 iGrill consists of:
• iGrill Thermometer with Projection Display and Probe – with easy-to-clean touch interface and multiple probe options.
• iGrill App for iPod, iPhone, & iPad - tells you status of food via Bluetooth.

Hungry yet?

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See you next week.

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