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I’ve been thinking about the kitchen a lot lately. My wife says I have to learn how to cook. I can bake just fine, but whatever skill it is where people taste food they are cooking and go, hmm, this could use more [insert ingredient here]? I don’t have that. I have the cold hard science of baking. It is this conversation that has inspired me to find the nerdiest kitchen implements I can possibly Google up, cooking or baking. So here we are, in no order and with no organization (because seriously, I could’ve done just Star Wars, that’s how much nerdy kitchen stuff the internet holds), here is the very geekiest cookware out there.

That Kitchen Stuff I Mentioned

Death Star Waffle Maker, $39.99. Pikachu Cake Pan, $19.99. Dino Cookie Cutters, $14.99. Star Trek Oven Mitt, $14.99.

Printable Sciencey Spice Labels, $5. Come to the Dark Side Kitchenaid Decal, $5. Cookie Cat Cookie Cutter, $5+ (depends on size). Cook You Must cutting board, $20.

And Cookbooks Because Maybe We’re Not In The Darkest Timeline

Pokémon Cookbook, $14.99. World of Warcraft: The Official Cook Book, $34.99. Adventure Time: The Official Cookbook, $18.06. Treat Yourself, $8.86 (full disclosure, my friend wrote this book. And it is full of ways to make emoji rice krispy treats, so).

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A.E. Osworth

A.E. Osworth is part-time Faculty at The New School, where they teach undergraduates the art of digital storytelling. Their novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, about a game developer dealing with harassment (and narrated collectively by a fictional subreddit), is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing (April 2021) and is available for pre-order now. They have an eight-year freelancing career and you can find their work on Autostraddle (where they used to be the Geekery Editor), Guernica, Quartz, Electric Lit, Paper Darts, Mashable, and drDoctor, among others.

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  1. OMG, that Cookie Cat cookie cutter! It’s a little more tangental, but Thinkgeek.com usually has some pretty sweet aprons. There’s an R2-D2 one and an Pikachu one. I have this phenomenal one, but it looks like they no longer sell it:

    Woman wearing an apron that says The Spice Must Flow

  2. I have the Spock oven mitt and the Cookie Cat cookie cutter (along with all the other Crystal Gems in cookie cutter form) and let me tell you, it was worth it!

  3. I just bought the death star waffle maker for my friend’s wedding present. The amazon reviews are priceless.

  4. *Death Star Waffles on plate*
    Me: “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed…”
    *eats some*
    Me: Okay, your pride is completely justified.

  5. Yes! I started out by baking and my background in chemistry/biology labs so cooking always seemed so…. Wishy washy. What helped was starting by following recipes until I could figure out which variables affected flavour etc and then changing them to suit my tastes. I also really like the Serious Eats series and books like The Flavour Bible, Ratio, and The Kitchen as Laboratory. Oh and a lab-grade cooking thermometer (the Thermapen). I’ve grown to love cooking and one cannot live on baked goods alone, after all.

  6. I saw the “World of Warcraft: The Official Cook Book” at my library the other day :D It lists recipes on skill level (Apprentice, Expert, Journeyman, etc). <3 Sadly, foods consumed will not add stamina or spirit buffs.

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