Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Visual Recipes

Most people are familiar with the structure of a recipe in a recipe book: a list of ingredients is given, maybe with a cooking time/temperature, followed by a set of 'assembly' instructions for the recipe.

But how about this novel summary table for a recipe from the Cooking for Engineers website? (Cooking for Engineers?! Hear the rationale behind the site from its creator, Michael Chu: Geek Cooking, Debunking Hollywood Science and Green Roofs.)

Cooking for engineers: http://www.cookingforengineers.com/recipe/36/Meat-Lasagna

How does the structure of the table convey "process information" - that is, what steps to take with what ingredients in what order?

Dig out your favourite recipe, and see if you can represent it using the tabular layout, then upload a screengrab of the table and add a link to it as a comment to this post :-)

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