Posted on Lettur.com is this fine example of engineering and cooking making the usual geek circles (excerpt):
Chocolate Chip Cookies…
7. Two calcium carbonate-encapsulated avian albumen-coated protein
8. 473.2 cm3 theobroma cacao
9. 236.6 cm3 de-encapsulated legume meats (sieve size #10)
To a 2-L jacketed round reactor vessel (reactor #1) with an overall heat transfer coefficient of about 100 Btu/F-ft2-hr, add ingredients one, two and three with constant agitation. In a second 2-L reactor vessel with a radial flow impeller operating at 100 rpm, add ingredients four, five, six, and seven until the mixture is homogenous….
I’m sure this is meant to be humorous, otherwise why else list ingredients using ambiguous volume-based measurements instead of by compound weight (compensated for humidity) or molarity, or heaven forbid mix units of measurement (Kelvin and Celsius, really?). Seriously though, reading this put a smile on my face and brought me back to my ChemE days (yes our textbooks were written like this). Thanks anonymous lettur writer!
For those who might wonder what cooking is like when described by engineers, I highly highly recommend this site: Cooking for Engineers