The comforting genius of learning to cook by making familiar recipes

People treat learning to cook like some kind of special skill, and the current foodie culture and idolization of chefs doesn’t do a lot to help that. But cooking is just a toolkit of basic techniques, and you can teach yourself these techniques by making just about anything, including box mac’n’cheese. Continue reading

In breast milk vs. formula, science is a red herring 

This “Robin reads the internet” comes courtesy of a colleague of mine whose MO is promoting science with a slavish religiosity, which in my opinion leads to making loud arguments about complex social issues at the expense of those who are actually affected by them. The “breast is best” debate is his latest shout into the void, and while this article he shared isn’t incorrect, to my mind it misses the point.  Continue reading

Why plagiarism is so hard to understand: the skill of original thinking [UPDATE at end: IGN reviewer]

Everyone knows what plagiarism is – you claim work that isn’t yours. It’s simple. It’s stealing, and we all know what that looks like, right? Strangely, not so much.  Continue reading