Philosophy And Recipes

The link below is for a video that includes a philosophical discussion on the paradoxical definition of a recipe by Jacques Pépin. THIS IS A SOURCE OF INSIGHT. I PUT A GENERAL EXPLAINATION BELOW.

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Joy%20Of%20Cooking%20Recipe%20Jacques%20P%C3%A9pin (I believe that a person must login for the video to appear)

The paradox is that a recipe is a procedure, but a recipe cannot be a procedure because ingredients can change the procedure required to prepare the recipe. The paradox is eliminated by defining a recipe as a guide for preparing something. In many situations, a person must have experience to use the guide successfully. Cooking is an art.

In modern philosophy, a definition is created by knowing the necessary and sufficient conditions that define an object. This may be similar to a Platonic definition. I cannot remember exactly. For Plato, a table must have a leg. A leg is a necessary part of the definition of a table. Lettuce may be a necessary part of the definition of a salad. Containing produce is a general definition for a salad. Having produce is sufficient for making a salad but having lettuce is necessary for making a salad. Having an inventory of carpentry supplies is sufficient for making a table but the definition of a table includes a leg. A traditional definition of a recipe is that a recipe is a procedure. A procedure is a necessary part of the definition of a recipe. But since the qualities of ingredients change, a procedure cannot be made to execute the preparation of a recipe. Therefore, the paradox is that a recipe is a procedure, but a recipe cannot be a procedure because ingredients can change the procedure required to prepare the recipe. The paradox is eliminated by defining a recipe as a guide for preparing something. In many situations, a person must have experience to use the guide successfully. Cooking is an art.

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