Pilot – Beetroots

Grigori Perelman is a Russian mathematician, who has recently proved the Poincaré conjecture, one of the Millennium Prize Problems. Awarded of a $1 million prize by the Clay Mathematics Institute, he has refused to accept it.

Grigori lives only with his mother and sister in very humble conditions, in a small flat in St Petersburg. Among all the stories that started the legend of this reclusive genius,  the most interesting for AftK (Algorithms for the Kitchen, i.e., this blog) is the one that concerns his diet. According to this story (sorry reader, no reference for the legends), Dr. Perelman’s diet consist only of beets and black cabbages. We firmly believe that whoever wants to approach the P vs. NP problem should stop hating these amazing vegetables.

The summer is over and the farmers’ markets are getting full to overflowing of sweet and juicy beets. If the above story convinced you and you are going to put your hands on a big problem, then it is the right time to become a lover of this root. You don’t know what to do with them? Don’t panic! Visit this entry of the BBC h2g2 to know more about beets and start with a relatively easy recipefrom the Canadian Prairies.

Well, this looks just like another cooking blog! And you didn’t write the recipe by yourself! You didn’t even show pictures of the result! Fair, fair… indeed this post shows how this blog is not going to look like. We will try to keep our writing as distant as possible from a traditional cookbook and instead close to an Algorithms textbook. We will not merely present recipes, we will show how to design them!

The authors of this blog solicit help in finding any mistakes that we will make and in sending corrections, although we can’t guarantee to reward the alert reader of any amount of money. Also, we will never bet on the accuracy of a recipe.


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Update: While I was writing this post, I happened to see a flyer advertising the book tour of Cooking For Geeks by Jeff Potter. I didn’t know about the existence of this book and I ordered a copy immediately. As soon as I will get it and have the chance to read it, I will post a review.

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