‘Geek’ is no longer a pejorative in this culture. In fact, geeks, nerds, dorks, and other intellectual outcasts have taken back these appellations and reappropriated them as the good things they are. Geekiness has an excitement to it and that goes for anything, whether it’s science fiction, board games, nature, physics, or even cooking.
More and more people are geeking out on cooking these days and for good reason: it’s fun, requires plenty of mental acuity, has a near infinite variations….and, at the end, you and your tribe get to enjoy a delicious meal.
Here are few of the different ways people are geeking out on cooking and kitchen time:
Getting Geeky With Food Preparation
Every artist and artisan needs their tool kits and it’s no different with cooking. A chef needs his/her kitchen utensils, cutting boards, pots and pans, and measuring cups. No kitchen is right for preparing a feast until you’ve got the right gear. Just like a painter needs her paint brushes to realize her full color palette….a chef needs utensils and cookware to realize her full taste palette.
As Made In Cookware co-founders make clear in the Shopify blog “Cooking As A Craft,” kitchenware is just as critical to cooking as the food ingredients and preparation itself. There is a craftsmanship to cooking and every good craft requires a healthy respect for quality production and an attention to detail and process.
The main point here is that there’s nothing wrong with being really particular – and, yes, geeky – with your choice of kitchen supplies.
Getting Geeky With Ingredients
Shopping for food ingredients is a lot more complicated now than it was a few decades ago. You’re not just deciding between flavors, spices and brands but whether you want your food to be organic, fair-trade, local, sugar-free, gluten-free, keto, vegetarian, vegan, etc. These days there is a whole new world of sociological and physiological classifications and specializations that goes into assembling and purchasing an ingredient list.
Some people only eat meat (paleo diet); some people never eat meat; some people only eat raw foods; others avoid wheat and gluten. The geekiness of ingredients even extends back to how the foods were harvested, raised, produced, shipped, and distributed.
The farm-to-table movement (also called “farm to fork”), for example, aims to keep the production and distribution of produce local to support harvesters in small communities and reduce the CO2 footprint of shipping foodstuffs halfway around the world. The aim here is usually for small farmers and their communities to support each other instead of relying on big corporations with sometimes questionable business practices.
Getting Geeky With Sanitation
Everyone knows life is best when you’re clean, organized, and sanitary. Perhaps nowhere is sanitation more important than in the field of cooking and food.
That’s why when working in a kitchen on your new recipe masterpiece, you want to be sure that you and your sous chefs make always do the following: observe safe storage temperatures for food; cook using the appropriate temperatures (raw meat, for example); sterilize all cutting boards and utensils before and after use; wear gloves and (especially right now) masks; and keep track of the dates and times when your foods expire.
Getting Geeky With Unusual Recipes
Perhaps the most fun and exciting part of geeking out on food is when you finally get to the part where you’re preparing your favorite recipes. This is where some people really geek out, as they research and dream up the most unusually delicious dishes imaginable.
There’s a whole industry – centered mostly around upscale restaurants with upscale clientele – based on small, micro-portions of the most exquisite but unusual specialty dishes.
But you don’t need to be a 5-star chef at a world-renowned restaurant to show off your special recipes. And since we’re in the middle of a pandemic and most people aren’t even going out to restaurants, there’s never been a better time to try your geekiest food recipes: Jurassic Pork Soup, Chocolate Salami, Frog Legs, Jalapeno Ice Cream, Duck Breasts with Apricot Chutney, Artichoke-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin, Turkey Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash, etc.
It doesn’t matter…get weird with it. As long as it’s geeky, it’s all good.