April 2016

Spotify and Food Delivery Services

While doing all this research, I was wondering, if in the future there will be something like spotify for food?
When being in the internet, cookies detect what you like and build a online profile for you to display the advertising banners matching to your preferences. When looking through online shops, there are suggested pieces that you will eventually like – this also results of being pigeonholed as a customer. Online Dating services use “Matching Algorithms” (Peter Giesecke, 2014)  that help to find partners. Algorithm structure: A likes B, therefore A also likes C, because D likes B and C. The music provider spotify suggests whole playlists to you that you would possibly like by recognizing and remembering your preferred interprets and songs.

Wouldn’t it be obvious to introduce the same system to online recipe databases  or delivery services? So the online interface allows you to make a profile and knows about your food preferences. As I analyzed in the recent post “Cravings Exhibition” each person’s food profile is as unique as one’s fingerprint. An online recipe database or delivery service that identifies your food profile and suggests food to you would be appropriate would keep pace with the time.


Surprisingly, it seems that this is not existing yet (or at least I did not find it when I researched for that). If it is really not there yet – it will probably come soon.






Peter Giesecke (2014) Ein Matching-Algorithmus beim Online-Dating, der funktionieren könnte. Available at: (Accessed: 28 April 2016).


Cravings Machine

This is another thing that I remember from a movie that I have seen ages ago. The Ultimate Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy felt really boring to me when I have seen it with my High-School class in 2004. The only detail that I clearly remember up to now as it was so impressive to me was the scene where a future kitchen is introduced.

Especially interesting was the Cravings machine that scans your face and automatically knows what you are aiming for and immediately prepares it for you.


Please find the video below. At 0:47 the Cravings machine is being showed.

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The longer I think about it – the more I think that our future kitchens will look like this for real. Just as time witness Colin Lighten points out, contrary to former times, we now can choose our food. People tend to become more picky as people – even within families – choose their meals and the time they eat instead of having one dish at the same time with all family members (British Library, 2016).
This is why I suppose, that this will become even more and people might want to have what they are craving for each time they eat. To visualize how I imagine our future kitchen to look like I scribbled a future kitchen machine:



Food Machine Scribble

Fig.2: Similar to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy kitchen, I imagine that there will be some digital device that recognizes what you are craving for. As the preparing machine is connected to a fridge/storage it can automatically pick the ingredients and instantly prepare the food for you. Then you will just have to pick the ready meal and enjoy. Inventors and engineers will work on preparing food most quickly and most tastily. To avoid that people will have to go shopping on their own, the boxes of the fridge will send a signal (maybe via an app) when any of the boxes (let’s say the one with milk) gets empty. Delivery services will receive this signal and deliver and refill the boxes. 



British Library (2016) British Food. Available at: (Accessed: 20 April 2016).


Visual Reference:

Fig.1: Miateshcha (2008) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Kitchen Scene. Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2016).

Fig. 2: Huber, M. (2016) Future Kitchen [Illustration]



3D printed pasta

While researching how food and eating behavior looked like 100 years ago, I was wondering how food will be in the future?

3D printed pasta 

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A contest in 2014 announced the winner for the 3D printed pasta: Designer Loris Tupin created “Rosa”, which are little flowery shapes that are blossoming when put into hot water (3ders, 2016).
3D-printed food feels kind of futuristic as it is printed instead of cooked.




3ders (2016) Next pasta shapes? Barilla announces winners of its 3D Printed Pasta contest. Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2016).


Visual References:

Fig. 1-2: 3D print (2016) Barilla announces their 3D printed pasta contest winners. Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2016).


Pantone Food

Not only knolling is some kind of special or uncommon visualization of food, there are also other forms such as pantone food and pantone smoothies. So the food or drink is no longer categorized by cakes, main dishes, etc. but by colors.




Artist Alison Anselot photographed food that is matching with a certain pantone color:

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Designer and Illustrator David Schwen had a similar idea and arranged food sections or extracts pairwise. He states that he became excited about this idea and found about 30 pairs without really thinking about them (David Airey, 2016).

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Hedvig a Kushner recognized when preparing her beloved smoothies that adding particular fruits influence the color – just like mixing paint. This is the idea that the project is based on.

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UFunk (2014) Pantone Food – Matching food with their Pantone Color. Available at: (Accessed: 27 April 2016)

David Airey (n.a) Food Art Pairings. Available at: (Accessed: 27 April 2016)

Pantone Smoothies (n.a.) Home. Available at: (Accessed: 27 April 2016)


Visual References:

Fig. 1: UFunk (2014) Pantone Food – Matching food with their Pantone Color. Available at: (Accessed: 27 April 2016)

Fig. 2: David Airey (n.a.) Food Art Pairings. Available at: (Accessed: 27 April 2016)

Fig. 3: Pantone Smoothies (n.a.) Home. Available at: (Accessed: 27 April 2016)

Ikea Cookbook

Also quite futuristic looks the Ikea cookbook. All recipes are accompanied by a food knolling picture that reminds more on an artwork rather than an ingredients listing.

Ikea’s “Home Made is Best” photos are taken by Carl Kleiner, who is known for his geometrical artworks.
Even if this looks quite futuristic, the cookbook itself was already published five years ago (Make, 2016).





Make (2016) Swedish Ikea Cookbook. Available at: (Accessed: 27 April 2016)


Visual References:

Carl Kleiner (2016) Home Made is Best for Ikea by Carl & Evelina Kleiner. Available at: (Accessed: 27 April 2016)


Tokyo skips Kitchens

In Tokyo the renting prices are incredibly high. On average, families with four members live on 30 square meters which costs a minimum of 1000 Euro each month. Other places in Tokyo like Minato have even more expensive renting costs: Each square meter costs 7000 Euro on average (Galileo, 2015).

Just as high as the living costs is the number and range of offered street food stores on the inner streets of Tokyo. More and more people tend to collect their breakfast on the way to work and grab a bite when they walk home. Therefore, kitchens become less and less important. Some new built flats don’t provide any kitchen to decrease the space and, in turn, the renting costs.

According to my Korean flatmate, also in Korea there are less kitchens. Instead of fully skipping them, they provide shared kitchens for several apartments.




Galileo (2015) Wohne Extrem: Wohnungsknappheit in Tokio | Galileo | ProSieben. Available at: (Accessed: 28 April 2016).

Future of Food

What will our food really look like in the future. BBC’s Future of Food examines this question in their series.

The main issue the documentation focuses on is the increasing population that we are facing in the future and how to deal with it. Vertical gardening, agricultural robots and eating insects are some of these features.


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Visual References:

Fig. 1: Moonray (2012) BBC Future of Food – Part 1: India. Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2016).

Fig. 2: Moonray (2012) BBC Future of Food – Part 2: Senegal. Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2016).

Fig. 3: Moonray (2012) BBC Future of Food – Part 3: Cuba. Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2016).

Futuristic Food

The shape of food can make it easily look futuristic.


Possibilities for 3D printed food:


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Nendo Chocolatexture High-Design Chocolate Candies:


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Fig. 1: Food Design (2016) Retox Magazine. Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2016)

Fig. 2: The Coolist (2016) Nendo Chocolatexture High-Design Chocolate Candies. Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2016)

The value of family dinner


Bestseller author, executive TV producer and global warming activist Laurie David talks in her TedTalk about a private concern – the family dinner.

The Talk is interesting and it is very interesting and entertaining to hear her talking. Therefore, I would highly recommend those 10 minutes and listen through the talk as there is so many incredibly informative facts and content in there:


Facts about a family dinner

  • an average meal today lasts less than 20 min.
  • more than 50% of our ready meals are purchased outside the house
  • fast food makes up 33% of what we are eating
  • contrary to the times 100 years ago, there are masses of people who consume meat three times a day that consists antibiotics and hormons
  • people tend to eat fast, unhealthy and alone
  • way more expensive than self cooked meals


Social Benefits of a family dinner

  • studies showed that everything that parents are bothered by can be made better by a family dinner
  • a two-decades ongoing study showed that merit students had at least three times a week a shared family meal (without exception)
  • it is the best way to share values
  • it passes on family history
  • an authentic place to discuss different point of views
  • it improves and builds a vocabulary
  • manners are developed
  • strengthens the bond within families
  • etc.


Health Benefis of a family dinner

  • less obesity
  • less diabetes
  • fewer overall health problems
  • emotionally fulfilling


Laurie David also states that she enjoyed family dinner with her children and husband. When she got divorced, this time was crucial to help to come together over this difficult time. Up to now, even her ex-husband joins the family dinner time on a regular basis.
This makes her think of family dinner as a valuable and important time for all kind of family structures.


“Dinner rituals have nothing to do with class, working women’s busy lives or any particular family structure … it is the art of human companionship.”



(Text is not yet rewritten and taken from the Tedx Talk)



Tedx Talks (2011) Dinner makes a difference: Laurie David at TEDxManhattan. Available at: (Accessed: 28 April 2016).


Visual References:

Tedx Talks (2011) Dinner makes a difference: Laurie David at TEDxManhattan. Available at: (Accessed: 28 April 2016).

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