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Right now it seems like everything is becoming available
in "wrap" form. This makes sense, since wraps hold
a lot of good stuff inside while using relatively little surface
material. Similarly, cinnamon rolls & breakfast
cereals have lots of surface area to hold sugar.
I'm ready for over-engineered
food like Japanese
snacks, but without all of the plastic. By using
databases of food properties, a language for
expressing relationships & possibly genetic algorithms,
we could speed up the search for new shapes that maximize the desirable
properties of food.
The goal would be to create a system to find the answer to questions like:
"What shape will give me the greatest number
of crunchy bits (flavored with chili-garlic) that doesn't look
like it was extruded?"
And the system comes back with a deep fried potato
that's been cut into a hyper-omnihedron. Ideally
with the CAD drawing & instructions for the
Or you could ask what materials would be
appropriate for keeping nori dry while keeping
tapioca from dripping.
"Research chefs have both culinary skills and food technology skills. " [hello_c, Sep 22 1999]
USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 13
Files for Downloading [LoriZ, Sep 22 1999]
||FEEDmag has a little series of articles about food.
||food as atomic building blocks: see Dippin' Dots, "ice cream of the future." discrete bites of ice cream in large gumball-sized packets. to create new flavors, you mix a variety of dots together.
||Z Corporation (www.zcorp.com) is
commercializing ``3D printer'' technology
that uses a starch/cellulose powder derived from
potatoes and corn. A repurposed inkjet deposits
``binder'' liquid. After many layers of powder
and binder, you have a complete 3D model.
||The models so produced are, in fact, edible
(they taste horrible, though).
||They've obviously missed their calling. Instead
of using the lame glue/water binder, they should
fill the inkjet print heads with various artificial
flavors and colors. Then you could create arbitrarily
engineered food. Imagine the possibilities!
||I don't think Japanese snacks are over-engineered. Except for the ramen things.