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Nerd Can Cook

F04bfa14141dca6713f0d9caa763e26b?s=47 Aaron Quint
April 21, 2012

Nerd Can Cook

A talk about Food and the search for perfection given at #devslovebacon


Aaron Quint

April 21, 2012


  1. Nerd can cook Devs Love Bacon / London 2012 Aaron

    Quint - @aq
  2. By day CTO of Paperless post

  3. By Night Obsessive amateur chef

  4. of _any_ kind No formal training

  5. Graduated with a BA in Art History No computer science

  6. Well, my wife gifted a knife skills class once. Best.

    Gift. Ever. No culinary training
  7. Thats how I do. 100% Self taught

  8. Feel free to call me on my bullshit. In other

  9. The Keynote. JSConf 2010

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  11. Crafts. Programing & Cooking

  12. Similarities are endless

  13. Draw your own connections. This is a talk about food

    & cooking.

  15. Pastrami

  16. Cheese

  17. Haggis

  18. Just a little. I’m a little obsessed.

  19. Or how to achieve greatness in food. Cooking as the

    quest for perfection
  20. Thomas Keller, The French Laundry Cookbook “When you acknowledge, as

    you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, the the real purpose of striving for perfection becomes clear: to make people happy. Thats what cooking is all about.”
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  22. Grant Achatz, “Life on the Line” “There were a few

    unspoken rules: chef Keller was God; try to be like chef Keller, exactly; the food was perfect or it was wrong; failure was never an option; and ‘yes, Chef’ was the only proper response to any request.”
  23. Or how to make your partner and friends very happy.

    How to strive for perfection at home
  24. Towards Perfection

  25. Towards Perfection • Knowledge

  26. Towards Perfection • Knowledge • Technique

  27. Towards Perfection • Knowledge • Technique • Creativity

  28. Seriously. You need it. Knowledge

  29. REad.

  30. And when they tell you to do things, you do

    them. These people Know things.
  31. There is a reason for everything. Technique

  32. It’s not about small, its about shapely. Knife skills

  33. Perfect just means even http://www.flickr.com/photos/redpeace/6277431836/lightbox/

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  38. HEAT




  42. Even. Tasty. Polka Dots.

  43. “It says blanch the veg, put it in an ice

    bath, _then_ put it in the pan . . . ehhh” Blanching
  44. Blanching. Just Do it.

  45. The #1 Forgotten Rule of Meat Cookery. Don’t touch it.

  46. If every piece is perfect, the final dish will be

    perfect. (DE/RE)composition
  47. Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, Eleven Madison Park Cookbook “We

    define excelence as the culmination of thousands of details executed perfectly. We understand that true perfection is unattainable. But rather than be discouraged by that fact, we find inspiration in getting as close as possible.”
  48. Thomas Keller’s three day >50 ingredient beef bourguignon

  49. AKA Patient Food. Cooking with Time

  50. The gateway drug. How to Make Pickles

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  58. Pickles

  59. Or Corned Beef, or Bacon. One special ingredient. Thats it.

    HOW TO MAKE Pastrami.
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  67. Pastrami.

  68. Patience. And a nice digital scale. How to make bread.

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  74. Beautiful Bread.

  75. Technology as a tool for perfection. Cooking with Science

  76. Sous Vide. How to perfect temperature.

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  79. Water

  80. Water

  81. Water Heating Elements

  82. Water Heating Elements

  83. Water Heating Elements Thermocouple

  84. Water Heating Elements Thermocouple

  85. Water Heating Elements Thermocouple Pump

  86. Water Heating Elements Thermocouple Pump 60.5 40.8

  87. Water Heating Elements Thermocouple Pump 60.5 40.8 PID Controller

  88. Water Heating Elements Thermocouple Pump 60.5 40.8 PID Controller

  89. Water Heating Elements Thermocouple Pump 60.5 40.8 PID Controller

  90. Water Heating Elements Thermocouple Pump 60.5 40.8 PID Controller

  91. Water Heating Elements Thermocouple Pump 60.5 40.8 PID Controller Food

    Sealed in Vacuum Bag
  92. Eggs. 60.5C for 45 mins.

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  94. Besides impressing your friends. BUt WHY?

  95. Getting iN Touch with your food.

  96. Its about knowing and owning a major part of your

    existence. Not just about organic or local or gourmet
  97. I’m not perfect.

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  99. I allow myself the occasional M.B.U.O.

  100. I allow myself the occasional M.B.U.O.

  101. I allow myself the occasional M.B.U.O. Massive Burrito of Unknown

  102. Just try harder. Love what you eat

  103. Snobs eat better. Be a Snob.

  104. twitter: @aq web: http://www.quirkey.com http://dev.paperlesspost.com Thanks!