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Cook me

October 2013

Black Bile
Biotechnologies can give detailed insight into our metabolic processes and introduce new interactions within our body. In this project, these interactions are proposed as a new form of cooking, guided by one’s personal metabolism.
Cook Me - Black Bile is a recipe for controlling the feeling of melancholy. Using synthetic biology, bespoke yeasts are designed to measure chemicals in the blood and alter levels of serotonin accordingly, making one feel less or more melancholic. To achieve this, the dish is cooked from a leech that has first fed itself on the body. An instrument especially designed for this recipe allows the leech to first feed on the forearm. A blood mousse is then made from the parasite’s body. The blood mousse is accompanied by an oyster mushroom, a redcurrant sauce, and blood sorrel.