The technology of cooking

Cookbooks are often overlooked by instructional designers as a source of inspiration, but cookbooks are perhaps the most successful consumer-level technical documentation ever produced. As evidenced by the fact that most people don't even regard them as "documentation," and by their sheer number and ubiquity in the home.

The Atlantic writes, in Recipes of the Nerds, about a new book that embraces kitchen and food skills as science--Cooking for Geeks.

The book has been a big hit for O'Reilly (disclaimer: they're my publisher too) and aside from the practicality of the tome, it's worth a peek for its instructional approach.

See also Cooking Without Jargon, Do Cookbooks Teach You How to Cook? and Cooking Up Help.

Posted: September 6, 2010 link to this item, Tweet this item, respond to this item