Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Cooking For Engineers - Step by Step Recipes and Food for the Analytically Minded

The tagline from this site reads, "Have an analytical mind? Like to cook? This is the site to read!"

Cooking For Engineers was started in June 2004 by Michael Chu as a place for Michael to store and share the recipes that he likes to use as well as some kitchen notes.

"Basically, I started the site as a place to store all the food related stuff that I didn't want to have to carry around in my brain, but I would want to reference later. Sometimes people ask me (or quiz me) about cooking and there's a tendency for me to smile and respond with, 'I wrote it down so I wouldn't have to remember!'" - Michael Chu

Before starting Cooking For Engineers, Michael had been looking for a way to store his recipes for some time. Michael used to store his recipes (some of which were laboriously tested and perfected over many trials) on his Palm handheld device. For backup purposes, Michael began to synchronize his Palm handheld to the Outlook service at his work. Due to a misunderstanding on server storage policies, three months after the first synchronization, the server deleted all his recipes (except for Tuna Noodle Casserole). Since then, Michael looked for a way to permanently store his recipes and notes.

In June, Michael noticed that Blogger was providing free server space as well as unlimited image storage for users of the newly released Hello! image messaging software. Always interested in taking advantage of a deal, Michael started a blog with the intention of uploading as many pictures as possible. After uploading a few handfuls of completely unrelated pictures, Michael lost motivation (especially since the pictures were relatively low-resolution and he had no theme going). One evening, Michael got bored and decided to photograph the steps involved in making a version of Cook's Illustrated Magazine's Salsa Cruda recipe. The rest, as they say, is history.


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