Delicious Doesn’t Always Mean Pretty

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I’m still not sure precisely why, but a couple of months ago I decided I wanted to come up with a chicken recipe that would go viral on social media.

O.K., fine. I do know why. I was just too embarrassed to admit it outright: I was jealous of the New Yorker food correspondent Helen Rosner’s blow-dryer roast chicken. And every recipe the Times food columnist Alison Roman has ever written. So I wanted to throw my hat into the ring. With a chicken recipe. Because everyone (besides vegetarians, I guess) likes chicken, right?

What emerged from the oven about an hour later looked beautiful to me, but every mother thinks her children are gorgeous. In truth, I knew it wasn’t destined for a life of hashtags and retweets. It just wasn’t photogenic enough.

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Someone taught a computer to write cookbooks and its recipe ideas are hilariously weird.

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She’s also been using neural networks to study cookbooks. By feeding it hundreds of pages of cookbooks, she’s been able to use the program to automatically generate recipe titles. And while the technology is certainly impressive, it doesn’t quite have Ina Garten’s touch for naming dishes. In fact, the names it comes up with are hilariously weird. Shane posted a list of them on Tumblr, where it’s gone massively viral.