Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Invention of cooking made having a bigger brain an asset for humans

Invention of cooking made having a bigger brain an asset for humans

Humans' move to a cooked diet, possibly first adopted by Homo erectus, and their bigger brains yet smaller bodies, left spare energy which allowed further rapid growth in brain size and the chance to develop the big brain as an asset rather than a liability, through expanded cognitive capacity, flexibility and complexity.

Human guts are about 60% of the expected size for a primate.
The small size of human guts (combined with our having the same basal metabolic rate as any other primate, relative to body mass) means that we have some spare energy, which contributes to explaining how we can afford a relatively large brain.
And the reason we have been able to evolve small guts is that we have been able to rely on eating our food cooked.

Monday, 6 April 2015

I have a question

I have a question
What is wine?
There was silence.
Four seconds, five seconds, 10 seconds.
Finally, cautiously, someone offered, A drink?
Mr. AdriĆ 's eyes widened. Maybe it is a drink if I put it in a cup

But what if I make it into a sauce and cook with it?
His voice was sharp.
More silence.

Mr. AdriĆ  spun away and began walking again. Now he said over his shoulder as the crowd shuffled in his wake,
What if I turn the wine into ice cream?
What is it then?
Ferran Adria #21stCenturyDigitalFood  

Originally shared by Jon “the chef” Hole

Trend No. 137 - Digital Gastronomy

The celebrity chef, who closed El Bulli, widely regarded as the best restaurant in the world, last year, says his next recipe involves a sprinkling of algorithms, a pinch of digital technology, an emulsion of raw data, and a few generous glugs of innovation to create La Bullipedia

“Cooking shares many characteristics with the internet - both are the sum of many parts and both enjoy the rare gift of limitless potential. Digital technology, when combined with innovation, plays a key role to unlocking this potential,”

“We are taking fundamental aspects of digital technology such as algorithms and data and applying it to food. We are putting the combined knowledge of El Bulli online where people can adapt and modify it, and draw inspiration from some of the most innovative recipes ever created.

“We have journeyed part of the way to discovering the genome of cuisine. Digital technology will allow us to take the final step.”

Extracts from   ALEX WATTS blog