I was definitely a nerd at school, although now being a geek appears to be cool. And I spend lots of time with some great scientists. And a lot of time telling MGG that the scientists are the coolest of the lot.
So these are my special choices for the geeks, nerds and scientists who want to know the what and how and why about food, and about bringing a bit of the the lab into the kitchen.
They’ll know whether to shake or stir and the precise ratios of alcohol to ice to mixer for optimum effect.The Shaken Chemist Cocktail Set will see Christmas off to a good start.
When it’s all about the shots, then these have to be the ones for them. Calibrated markings allow for precision, not to mention equal measures all round.
With those cocktails and shots, there’s going to be a need for coffee. Of which this fancy looking molecule is an important component in the formula for recovery. Or at least it is in my book. Who knew this is what caffeine looks like?
Taste is the most amazing book for those who love their infographics. Written by Laura Rowe, this has an infographic for everything from know your knives to the balance required for great vinaigrette explained and even one about mastering the monster that is the macaron. Her words, not mine. Brilliant graphics by Vicki Turner to go with really interesting facts.
I love a good tea towel. And I’m also a cock eyed optimist. And we all know there’s going to be a shed load of drying up over the holidays. There’s probably a formula for the most efficient way to approach it (other than get the kids to do it) so this will have to do in the meantime.
Invite Einstein to tea
Maybe tea doesn’t make you smarter. But with Einstein on your side you can certainly look smarter as you take your tea break.
This might feel too day job for some, or might be just up their street. Great for producing some very different effects, and the chemistry of it might well appeal. Or if they’re more of the drinking type of chemist, then try the cocktail version.
You can’t imagine that these are the kinds of people that are going to cook with a smidge of this and a dash of that. The Teraillon Kitchen Weighing Scale got recommended as amongst the most accurate out there, and with plenty of add and weigh type features, and then some.
Well, kind of. The Geeky Chef Cookbook is geeky rather than sciencey, with recipes inspired by Doctor Who, Game of Thrones and others in a similar vein. And not every geek loves these programmes. But for those that do this could be the cookbook they’ve been waiting for. Well, this or the Star Wars Cookbook.
A geek in the kitchen should be the most calm person around, following recipes to the letter. But there again, Christmas does funny things to even the most logical of us!