Imagine a soup whose recipe is based upon local fishing statistics. Or a pizza with ingredients inspired by a city's ethnic demographics. These are just a couple of examples of "Data Cuisine," which uses the culinary arts not only to visualize data, but to taste it.
The concept, created by data visualizer and artist Moritz Stefaner, began as a workshop in Helsinki and has since expanded to Barcelona. Participants research ways to represent data through the inherent qualities of food such as color, form, texture, smell, taste, nutrition and origin.
A sampling of the most recent menu offerings includes:
In & Out (Domestic Data Streamers)
How often do couples have sex compared to singles? This dish answers this question based on an informal survey among the cooks' Facebook contacts. The rice paper dumplings have two different fillings: men are represented by a reduction of meat, while the 'female' dumplings are filled with a fish reduction – a choice based on the Spanish way to describe sex with men and women. Whether it's men or women in a couple or not having a partner can be deducted from the color – the lighter colors indicate the singles. The amounts of sesame and salt on top indicate the frequency of sexual encounters of the different groups.
Unemployed Pan con Tomate
By Samuel Boucher & Jahn Schlosser
This edible area chart shows the huge increase in youth unemployment in a traditional "Pan con Tomate" (bread with tomatoes). With unemployment rising over time, the amount of tomato decreases, making the bread hard to eat, as the garlic overpowers. As a consequence of the increase in unemployment — in 2013, over 50 per cent of people under 25 couldn't find a job in Spain — many young people emigrate.
Age & Language in Lentils
By Matt Zumwalt
A representation of the median age, population size and languages spoken in the US and Italy. For instance, the number of English speaking people is represented by the amount of Yoghurt, while tomatoes with basil stands for the Italian speaking population. The number of lentils symbolizes overall population size and the "doneness" of the lentils represents median age.
See more examples at the Data Cuisine website.
[H/T Flowing Data]