A Cooking Language: A Pattern-Based Tool to Enhance Participation and Personalization in the Kitchen

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Cooking language is a method/tool, derived from pattern language that captures recurrent structures among meals of a cuisine that bring good cooking/eating experiences. Similar to the purpose of the original patterns by Alexander, a cooking language allows for active participation in the kitchen. The paper will briefly cover philosophical aspects of the method, describe its creation method, introduce the first instance of a cooking language (the Washoku Language), and show results and analyses from two test cases of cooking using a cooking language. The research concludes that the tool has the following purposes: 1) providing frameworks for thinking of menus, 2) suggesting topics to trigger conversations, 3) opening up the train of thought to allow for collaborative design, and 4) providing an opportunity to discover, experience and create the cuisine.
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