Algorithmic recipes

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During the workshop: Algorithmic Kitchen with Luis Rodil-Fernández algorithmic recipes were compiled by scraping and sorting a BBC recipe database. See underneath 2 delicious examples:

Algorithmic Chicken Soup



   import re
   import operator
   verbMap = {}
   adjMap = {}
   otherMap = {}
   o = store.find(Recipe,'%onions%'))
   for r in o:
       for i in r.ingredients:
           l =
           for j in l:
               s = re.sub('[^A-Za-z]+', , j)
               if s.endswith('ly'):
                   if s in adjMap:
                       adjMap[s] += 1
                       adjMap[s] = 1
               elif s.endswith('ed') or s.endswith('ing'):
                   if s in verbMap:
                       verbMap[s] += 1
                       verbMap[s] = 1
                   if s in ingMap:
                       ingMap[s] += 1
                       ingMap[s] = 1
   #for key, value in ingMap.iteritems():
   #    print key, value
   sortedAdj = sorted(adjMap.keys(), key=lambda key: 
   adjMap[key], reverse=True)
   for ing in sortedAdj:
     print ing
   print "------"
   sortedVerbs = sorted(verbMap.keys(), key=lambda key: 
   verbMap[key], reverse=True)
   for ing in sortedVerbs:
       print ing
   print "------"
   sortedIng = sorted(ingMap.keys(), key=lambda key: 
   ingMap[key], reverse=True)
   for ing in sortedIng:
       print ing


  • freshly chopped onions
  • finely sliced olives
  • thinly peeled potatos
  • roughly halved chicken
  • thickly grated garlic

The End...Eat!

HOT Algorithms


   FROM recipes 
   Description LIKE “%spicy%”
   AND description LIKE “%salad%”;

       ID 1026
       u’Chunky bacon and cucumber salad’
       u’A spicy Sichuan-style salad of cucumber 
       and fried bacon.’
           Serves 6
   re = store.find(Recipe, == 1026).any()
   print “name”,
   #print “photo url”,
   print re.ingredients.count()
   print re.ingredients.count()
   for i in re.ingredients:


name Chunky bacon and cucumber salad 3 tbsp groundnut oil 18 long dried chillies 6 tsp Sichuan peppercorns 3 whole star anise (optional) 300g smoked lardons, cut into 1cm/½in thick pieces 3 red chilli, de-seeded, finely chopped 3 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry 6 tbsp clear rice vinegar or cider vinegar 6 tbsp toasted sesame oil 600g cucumber, halved lengthways, de-seeded and sliced into 1cm/½in thick wedges 1 pinch sea salt 3 pinches dried chilli flakes 3 tbsp lime juice 3 tbsp chilli oil 3 small handful fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped dry-roasted peanuts (optional)

%%sqlite cookbook.db SELECT id, ordinal, description FROM preparations WHERE recipe_id = 1026 ORDER BY ordinal;

id ordinal description 8652 1 u’Heat a wok until smoking and add the groundnut oil, then add the dried chillies and Sichuan peppercorns. Stir fry for a few seconds, or until fragrant. ‘ 8653 2 u’Add the star anise (if using), bacon lardons and chilli and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the lardons have turned golden-brown at the edges.’ 8654 3 u’Add the rice wine or sherry, vinegar and sesame oil and stir-fry for a few seconds, then add the cucumber and stir-fry for a few more seconds.’ 8655 4 u’Season with sea salt, dried chilli flakes and lime juice, stirring well.’ 8656 5 u’Pile the stir-fry onto a serving plate, drizzle over the chilli oil, garnish with the chopped coriander, sprinkle over some peanuts, if using, and serve immediately.’

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