Probably since the beginning of the human race, our ancestors have experimented with mixing different foods and flavors together. That's probably how we got such staples as steak and potatoes or even raspberries and chocolate. These days, it's usually highbrow chefs in 5-star restaurants who experiment with a whole range of foods looking for unusual but tasty combinations.
Maybe you've heard of some of these new combinations lately, like smoked salmon and yogurt, oranges and olives, apricots and basil, or my new favorite indulgence, raspberries and peanut butter. Really, you should try it! A quick Google search claims there are about 20 million different kinds of foods in the world. If this number is anywhere accurate, it could be a very long time before those fancy chefs try out every possible food combination. But wait, there might be a shortcut!
Remember Watson, IBM's supercomputer famous for beating Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings? Since then, Watson has taken on many different challenges, one being in the kitchen.
As part of a new research project, Watson has been combining some weird foods for science-based recipes and they're apparently very good, even though they may not sound like it at all. Case in point? Strawberries and mushrooms. Yes, you read that right.
But why? Watson has scanned public data sources to create a huge library of recipes, including chemical compounds in food and common pairings in order to make great new recipes to try. In fact, there will be an official Watson-inspired cookbook available for sale starting tomorrow.