Hacking the Food System: The Ultimate Chocolate Chip CookiePosted: September 26, 2011 | Author: Hilary Mason | Filed under: blog, projects | Tags: cookies, food, tech, writing | 1 Comment »
Food+Tech Connect is putting together a fun series of essays where technologists and foodies share their opinions on how to hack to the food system.
They also had a great party, with liquid nitrogen ice cream and other very cool foods.
I’m honored to have been asked to participate, especially since food and tech are two of my favorite things! I decided to write about a hack that I did about three years ago, where I wrote a parser and built a statistical model of chocolate chip cookie recipes that I crawled off of the web.
I’d like to tell you the story of the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.
This isn’t the Neiman Marcus $65,000 cookie recipe. Nor is it the classic Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that we all grew up with (and, though the instructions are all the same, my Mom made the best). This is a recipe learned from thousands of bakers around the world, via love and math.
Read the rest of the essay on their site. I’d love to know what you think!
Special thanks to Matt LeMay for language-clarifying edits to the piece.