My group, Art of the Thali showed our product on iAuthor and samples of two of our dishes. We thought it was best to use both digital and edible demonstrations to appeal on a larger range. This also allowed students to page through our cookbook while sampling the recipes (so they knew that the recipes were actually good!) People were always a little bit surprised when we introduced our product, an Indian cookbook is a nontraditional school project, but they all seemed quite intrigued. Our visitors were most impressed that we were going to put our product on iBooks and I was quite surprised to hear that most of them would be willing to pay for access to our cookbook.
In our original planning phases, we imagined that we’d create a physical cookbook with a menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner for each region of India. We came to realize that that many recipes was really too much to be feasible. It was also pointed out to us that a physical cookbook limited us with distribution costs, so we decided that we’d be best off keeping our cookbook online.
We plan on following through and publishing this book. Many people, particularly Mrs. Dadmehr, are very excited about this cookbook so at this point, it’d be a little disappointing not to upload it to iBooks. I personally don’t plan on pursuing this cookbook much further than that. I’ll likely use some recipes and share it with friends, but I won’t try to grow a publishing business.
If I was given the opportunity to start this project again, I would take the time to teach my peers more about basic cooking skills. Simple terms like dice and saute were confusing to Isha and Oceane, and we could have been more productive during our cooking time if everyone was more comfortable with working in the kitchen and less scared of knives and splattering oil.
I didn’t feel that many of my skills transferred between my engineering projects and Capstone. I felt that they were so different (Isha and I helped plan TT4L, Oceane was with CNI) and our small cooking group and casual dynamic was very different from the large teams with organized meetings. I suppose interpersonal skills transferred fairly well, but I had already worked with my group members, so those interpersonal skills really weren’t that crucial.
I am now much more comfortable making Indian food. I am half Indian, and I am glad to be more comfortable with Indian spices and cooking techniques. I plan on impressing my future employers and professors with recipes from our lovely cookbook. I am also more comfortable with online programs with iAuthor, which could be a good skill to have if I was ever to make another book. I would give our group a grade of 96. We all worked very well together and took time outside of class to make our cookbook a reality. There were minor changes in our book, the title, the organization and some recipes, but as a whole, we stayed true to our original goal and produced a successful product. I wish that we had been able to have the book ready for sale on the day of the Make-O-Rama, but that wasn’t going to happen with the time that we had left.
I am glad that I took the last semester of senior year to work on such an unorthodox project. I gained a new set of different skills, discerning different lentils labeled in Hindi, cooking at hyper speed to get back to class on time, taking the perfect photo of a finished dish etc. I really enjoyed being able to create something that other people can appreciate and use on a regular basis.