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Nerd Can Cook

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. 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.”
  2. 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.”
  3. Or how to make your partner and friends very happy.

    How to strive for perfection at home
  4. And when they tell you to do things, you do

    them. These people Know things.
  5. “It says blanch the veg, put it in an ice

    bath, _then_ put it in the pan . . . ehhh” Blanching
  6. 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.”
  7. Its about knowing and owning a major part of your

    existence. Not just about organic or local or gourmet