The joy of cooking


From Max Levchin:

I relax by fine-tuning various kitchen processes and recipes using approaches borrowed fromĀ genetic algorithms. I approach a recipe as if it were a genome where every ingredient and process in the recipe is a gene that I modify randomly. I use a computer program so the modifications are truly random. I basically recombine the genetic makeup of the best recipes over and over again until I come up with what tastes the best.

It never really struck me before, but I do something very similar when I decide which combination of condiments to put on a hot dog.

Image: Jennifer Lamb


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2 Responses to The joy of cooking

  1. Luke

    See, this is what “Likes,” emoji, and lols are for.

  2. Cindy Wolff

    Where is the algorithm that helps him enjoy what he’a eaten?