Multi-sensory Food Design - The sensible cook
Cooking journals hand outs as part of the researchInvites for the users to take photos of their cooking process as part of the research.A cooking experiment with users only using four senses out of five to see the effects of the absent sense. cooking experiment with users to explore the powers of sense of smell in cooking process. Smell samples in the book to provide inspiration.With the gift box comes a shopping bag, a set of spice samples as well as quick guide on how to use the service.The draft page to give user the opportunity to write quick notes while cooking and also protect the book page from getting dirty in the kitchen.A selection of new spices to users expand their flavor palate and discover new tastes.The website provides a platform for sharing recipes with the rest of the community. The website offers a range of different cookbooks that the users can browse through before ordering.


Food provides more than the nutritional support, it is about pleasure, community, sharing with family and expressing identity. When it comes to finding inspiration, the internet is a popular resource for recipes. It provides the chance to reiterate a recipe and find the one that matches each individual flavor palate. However, there is no guarantee what you see on the screen would be pleasurable when cooked.

Information in printed recipes can be ambiguous and sometimes prior experience is needed to know what exactly to do. The final result depends on a lot of parameters and could fail if one is not experienced. This multiplicity of things to consider can be too demanding and stressful and discouraging.

The purpose of the research was to look into different sensory decisions taken in consideration with food preparation. When talking about multi-sensory experiences, it is important to investigate and
understand the senses to know how people perceive the world.

Inspiration and Method

Due to the nature of cooking a pragmatic approach was best suitable in the research and exploration process. To discover the power and understand the role of different senses in the process of cooking, it was necessary to experiment and explore how important and critical each sense is.
Questionnaires, cooking diaries, interviews, observations, cooking workshops and sensory experiments were methods used along the process. Each new experiment was based on the findings from previous workshops to build a solid foundation.

As for inspiration, there is much fun in flipping through a cookbook and stumbling on recipes where the author pairs ingredients in ways that have not occurred to you. There is a certain sensual pleasure when pursuing through a cookbook, reading about the culture and
history of a certain cuisine, seeing pictures of the ingredients and discovering the recipes and flavors from around the world.

The research lead to a focus on smell and vision as primary senses to help users explore and create their own recipes.


The Sensible Cook is a service that provides two different platforms for the users to explore and experiment in cooking.
One platform is a physical cookbook, it is designed to boost users' confidence in cooking and help them trust their own senses rather than follow fixed instructions. There are three different sections in the book: introduction, book's recipes and user style recipes which provides space for the users to save their own experiments. The book also incorporates a set of smell samples which inspires and reminds of users how important and effective smell can be while selecting ingredients for cooking. The book's recipe pages are printed on glossy paper whereas the save-your-recipe pages are notebook papers for a natural writing experience. The website provides the chance to share the recipes with the community, get inspired by others and purchase new cookbooks. The Sensible Cook comes in a gift box with a selection of spices, a quick guide, a notes sheet and a shopping bag.