You are cordially invited to remember that this is a frivolous thread making fun of engineers. Arguing semantics is virtually all this thread is about.
Then you know some very careless cooks. Approximately
might be okay when you are opening a can of pork and beans but it will never do in gourmet cooking and most especially not when expanding a recipe "for four" to serve fifty people. My wife spent many years in the restaurant business, mostly "fine dining" dinner houses in La Jolla, Lake Tahoe and Reno. Her culinary experience rivals my aeronautical experience. Every chef we know (and that is MANY
) measures accurately and a "teaspoon" means precisely 1/3 of a tablespoon or 1/48 of a cup which means precisely eight fluid ounces and precisely its metric equivalent.
My wife owned a small business making mostly cheesecake and carrot cake for the restaurants of the town. She could easily make a terriffic cheescake without measuring anything. It would be one of the best you ever tasted. But she did not work that way, she measured every component of every cake as precisely as the technology permits. That is, with a flat-topped measuring cup, shaken down, and the top scraped off flush with some implement - EXACTLY as she'd been taught by the professionals.
Oh, I wouldn't say I "dislike" them. I have any number of engineer friends. I nearly married an engineer. That doesn't mean I can't be amused or even annoyed by a particular personality quirk common to engineers. You know the one - it is the entire subject of this thread.
Sorry. Am I supposed to stand in such awe of their education that I can let an error in their data stand unchallenged? To wit:
|Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 8):|
ridiculous units (like what the hell is a teaspoon?) always is a great challenge.
It is super critical to make your instructions understandable universally. You need to be exact. Would you really want airplanes to be constructed using a judgement call on how large a teaspoon is? In engineering there is a standard for absolutely everything.
Now, as RoseFlyer is a "mechanical engineer" I felt obliged to correct a mistaken assumption on his part - which he has duly acknowledged.
I believe it is a common complaint, and not entirely unfounded, that engineers could benefit from additional "real world" experience. There are a few products, designed by engineers which have been enormously improved by lay users.
Now tell me, is it scientific
to be defensive about one's profession or is that human?
Would Spock feel that way?
Now I will agree with the engineers and the precise thinkers who opine that the measurements commonly used in cooking are an absurd hodgepodge of archaic, hard to comprehend units. But their meanings are not imprecise.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.