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Quotes of Random Conversation - The Autobiography of Russell
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At Ben's Parents house while cooking. I was talking about how recipes should be open to encourage more use and innovation in the kitchen, like what open source software does for computers.

Ben's Mom: "Did he just compare cooking to programming?"
Ben: "Yes, he's a nerd. This has been established."

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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 29th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
:-) Good stuff!
vaelynphi From: vaelynphi Date: May 29th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
My grandmother and grandfather had recipes like this; you could say they were 'extensively commented'. Also, my grandfather had a tendency to write his parametrically, specifying different proportions for larger batches, to account for differences in cooking temperature, cooking penetration, and oven power.

I liken it more to chemistry than programming, but certainly the recipes could be considered, er, procedural.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: June 1st, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would be an interesting cookbook to gander. My parents, for the few recipes they had (a big box full, yet only used about half a dozen of them), did a little of that, but only for 2x or ½ servings.

The comparison was more about the philosophical concepts behind open source software than the nature of how it works. In that regard I definitely agree that cooking, and especially baking, tends more to chemistry.
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