The Chef Watson Cookbook

… is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! The above video, produced by the Institute of Culinary Education, gives a taste of things to come. I introduced Chef Watson on this blog last year, and I’ve posted a few recipes made with its help: a Baltic apple pie created by Michael Laiskonis, a […]

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New Server, New Theme!

Frequent readers will certainly have noticed some changes in Food Perestroika’s look and feel over the past few days. This is still a work in progress, so I apologize for the less-than-perfect appearance. Here’s what’s been cooking: I’m out of wordpress.com! Now I can install whatever themes and plug-ins I like, but what this means for you […]

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The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2014

I can’t believe I reviewed only six restaurants this year! That’s four less than last year, even though I still feel like I spent all my time eating Eastern European food. However, I can comfort myself by saying that my reviews are getting more thorough, and by looking at all of the many shorter restaurant […]

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Happy Holidays 2014!

Dear readers, Before heading to France and Czech Republic for the next two weeks, I’d like to wish you all happy holidays! I plan to come back with enthusiastic (I hope!) reports on modern Czech cuisine, but in the meantime, if you’re still looking for ideas for your dinner parties, here’s a small selection of […]

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Chef Watson on MUNCHIES

OK, OK, I promise I won’t bug you with my off-topic work stuff for a while after this, but I just published a piece about Chef Watson on MUNCHIES: I’m Happy to Have a Computer Help Me Cook Better. The article focuses on the history of cookbooks, which you might find interesting even if you don’t care […]

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Chef Watson 2014 Holiday News

You might remember that apart from this blog, my day job as a software engineer has been all about Chef Watson — the app that helps you discover never-seen-before recipe ideas — and I have a couple of announcements to share just in time for the start of the holiday season: Back in September, I spoke about the […]

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Switching to the Metric System

I’ve been thinking for a while about using the metric system to weigh all the ingredients in my recipes. This is what many professional kitchens do, by the way. I long ago abandoned nonsensical cup measurements. I’ve made a reasonable effort to keep using ounces, but when it comes to spices and such, it just doesn’t make much sense. […]

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Back from Albania

I spent the last ten days in Albania, drinking mojitos on the beach, driving on mountain roads that give Georgia’s worst nothing to envy, doing some bunker sightseeing, and taking angered gas station attendants to ATMs. Of course, much local food was had. Stay tuned for recipes and travel stories!

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