The Computer Cookbook

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The Computer Cookbook

Post by R-Tape » Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:48 pm

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I wonder if one single person has EVER thought: "What do I fancy for tea?", then gone upstairs, turned on their Speccy, inserted The Computer Cookbook cassette, waited for it to load, perused the many recipes, or even the menu planner, took on board the wine suggestion (which of course they will have in their cellar), printed it all out, then gone downstairs and cooked it! Anyone?!

It's published by Bug-Byte as well, so they clearly thought this genre had legs.

Either way, It's fun to look back on this. Overall it's pretty posh, but things like Stuffed Peppers—which nobody ever really liked—reflect 1980's tastes.

If you ever do make one, post it in this thread!
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Re: The Computer Cookbook

Post by Vampyre » Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:00 pm

The Sinclair Programs reviews rather pointedly points out the pitfalls of using it https://archive.org/stream/sinclair-pro ... 6/mode/1up

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Re: The Computer Cookbook

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:50 pm

Mushrooms à la grecque with white bergerac!

How I couldn't think of it before! This program is marvellous! :mrgreen:
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Re: The Computer Cookbook

Post by R-Tape » Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:33 pm

Vampyre wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:00 pm
The Sinclair Programs reviews rather pointedly points out the pitfalls of using it https://archive.org/stream/sinclair-pro ... 6/mode/1up

:lol:
Heh yes. Of course you don't have to move your Speccy to your kitchen if you have a bogroll printer.

The Home Computing Weekly feature dates it somewhat as well. The BBC version was done by a husband and wife team, here are some quotes from Mrs Smith:
Women don't use computers, so what can you do to attract them?
Most women have 200 or 300 recipes in their minds, but you forget them all and end up cooking chips every day.
Ian Hoare, the Speccy author, said his version started as a bit of a joke!
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Re: The Computer Cookbook

Post by R-Tape » Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:34 pm

Juan F. Ramirez wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:50 pm
Mushrooms à la grecque with white bergerac!

How I couldn't think of it before! This program is marvellous! :mrgreen:
Not only that, but you can cater for up to 200 people!
Fruit Salad in Marsala, for 200.

133.5 Kg Peaches
33.5 Kg Pineapple
133.5 Kg Pears
8.3 Kg Strawberries
1.9 Kg Sugar
Lemon Juice
4.7 Ltrs Marsala
Get chopping Juan.
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Re: The Computer Cookbook

Post by stupidget » Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:13 pm

Vampyre wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:00 pm
The Sinclair Programs reviews rather pointedly points out the pitfalls of using it https://archive.org/stream/sinclair-pro ... 6/mode/1up

:lol:
Please stop posting links to old computer magazines!!! I've just spent 45 minutes, yes 45 minutes trawling through them :lol: :lol:

I've also spent an inordinate amount of time on The Computer Cookbook and am now looking through my cupboards to see if I've got all the ingredients to make Elizabethan Pork for 200!! Now where can I get 133.5 stalks of celery at this time of night?
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Re: The Computer Cookbook

Post by R-Tape » Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:39 pm

stupidget wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:13 pm
I've also spent an inordinate amount of time on The Computer Cookbook and am now looking through my cupboards to see if I've got all the ingredients to make Elizabethan Pork for 200!! Now where can I get 133.5 stalks of celery at this time of night?
Sod that—where the heck am I going to get "Danelard" for my Stuffed peppers?! I might have to resort to plan B: get normal lard and make Marjoram Tokány.
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Re: The Computer Cookbook

Post by Morkin » Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:55 pm

Great find..! :lol:

Some warming and nutricious recipes here.

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Re: The Computer Cookbook

Post by R-Tape » Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:45 pm

Morkin wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:55 pm
Some warming and nutricious recipes here.
I doubt that fateful petrol station café served Verdelno Madeira or Amontillado. Might have to settle for Tizer...
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Re: The Computer Cookbook

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:05 pm

I gave it a try and the beggining is not what I expected... :roll:

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I tried an onion soup (*bleeeurgh!*) for 99, using imperial units (to get the best results! :lol: )

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I think I'm going to puke... :oops:

The suggested wines are Sercial Madeira and as cheaper alternative a Fino Sherry. I'll follow his advice!

The best feature of the program is when to try to press the BREAK key, it's got the best anti-hacker method ever seen:

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