Dutch test-tube cookbook boasts roast dino and dodo nuggets
Dutch-based scientists, chefs and artists on Aug 5 launched the world’s first cookbook for lab-grown meat – serving up a bizarre assortment of test-tube dishes including roast raptor leg, dodo nuggets and in-vitro oysters.
The In Vitro Meat Cookbook was unveiled in Amsterdam exactly a year after scientists revealed the world’s first lab-grown beef burger in London, in what is hoped to spark a global food revolution.
The 186-page cookbook, based on the idea that meat can be “grown” in a bioreactor from cells taken from live animals, is packed with new suggestions on what future “cultivated” meat products could look like.
“This cookbook aims to move beyond in vitro meat as an inferior fake-meat replacement, to explore its creative prospects and visualise what in vitro meat products might be on our plate one day,” says scientist and philosopher Koert van Mensvoort, one of book’s main contributors.
All recipes were created by a team of chefs, designers and artists, said Van Mensvoort in its preface, adding: “While some dishes are innovative and delicious, others are uncanny and macabre.”
The book also explains how to cultivate “home-grown” meat in a lab kit, before harvesting it for the pot.
For instance, on page 63 there’s “Roast Raptor” which uses chicken tissue to grow meat around “dinosaur bones” printed in a 3-D printer to create anatomically accurate models of dinosaur parts.
“Let the dinosaur rest for 15 minutes before carving and serving,” it suggests after cooking.