Egg is to bacon as orange juice is to coffee. Smoked salmon is to dill as lamb is to asparagus. South Asian is to rice as Southern European is to thyme.
Just three of the relationships that Jaan Altosaar, a graduate student at Princeton University, uncovered in his research on machine learning and food. But when we had finished talking about the recommendation engine Jaan built, we moved on to some of his own personal food preferences. That was an eye opener for me.
1. Original episode: A computer learns about ingredients and recipes.