Friday Faves — notes from the new gastroconomy, No. 5

a weekly round-up of our favorite finds from the front lines of food


  • Your computer could learn to make beer: New cyborg yeast can be controlled by computer. Apparently, this could help with future biofuel production.
  • Are cookbooks obsolete? asks the New York Times. Of apps over paper: “You can’t hear the onions sizzling in the pan, or how to move your knife through a salmon fillet, or see how to put your pasta machine back together in a book.”
  • Reading, Writing and Roasting as cooking comes to the classroom. "Teachers and principals are seeing how the classroom cooking experience helps support critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills."