Lots of scientists I know like to cook. (Not the dutch ones tough, but there is a cultural bias there (;-))) I always wondered if there was any rational behind that.
For example :
- I love to bake stuff, mainly sweet pâtisserie.
- One of my friend -who will immediately recognize himself- cooked/cooks for hours in the middle of the night when coming home late from the lab.
- One of my previous PI was an excellent cook who weighted ingredients at +/- 1 gram. And wrote up recipes like science protocols.
- People like to bring stuff they cooked for coffee breaks in the lab.
- Every scientist once said “I’d like to take a molecular cuisine course” …
Well, I think one of the things that make a great cook is the ability to see what you want at the end and plan the cooking process accordingly. And this is what we
f***** know how to do in labs, no ? (no ?)
And here is the twist … in the lab, our experiments can fail, require optimization(s), etc … Unless you’re doing haute cuisine, cooking does not need this ! A standard recipe has 99% chances to turn out great, or at least decent. You could never say the same for experiments.
I think this is why scientists like cooking … If you follow the
protocol recipe, it generally turns out fine … It’s comforting, reassuring, and satisfying. Mentioning no names …
These are definitely some of the most awesome and nerdy Drosophila cookies I ever saw. They are from this wonderful blog.