Cognitive Cooking - Chef Watson

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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TED - Florian Pinel - The Future of Food

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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Food Perestroika's Fourth Anniversary

Happy 4th Anniversary, Food Perestroika!

Four years already! That’s 319 posts, including 167 recipes, 62 restaurant reviews / Red Alerts, and 37 travel posts. And if you want to know what others are reading, here are my 10 most popular posts (Home and About pages excluded): Blini and Oladi, Russian Pancakes Crème de Cassis and Black Currant Liqueur Walnut-Stuffed Eggplant […]

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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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Happy Paskha 2014!

Happy Paskha 2014! Here are a few suggestions to keep your paschal meal interesting: For the first year ever, I’m proud to offer both my Paskha and Kulich recipes in time for Easter! Looking for lamb recipes? I have a couple of them still in preparation, but I would recommend the Roasted Leg of Lamb Stuffed with Uzbek Plov, […]

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The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2013

I feel like I spent all my dinners out eating in Eastern European and other post-Soviet restaurants this year! As is now the tradition, here’s a summary of the places I reviewed, rated on a scale from 0 to 10, and grouped into three categories: recommended (rating > 6), not worth a special visit (rating […]

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Happy Holidays 2013!

Dear readers, I wish you all happy holidays! I’m leaving for a 10-day trip to Scotland — no Eastern Europe this time, and even my prospects for a Russian restaurant look very slim. But if you’re still looking for ideas for your dinner parties, or you want to use your time off to try some […]

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