Say you’re wandering through the supermarket and bright yellow stickers of reduced items catch your eye. What are you supposed to cook with this random batch of nearly-out-of-date ingredients? A new AI-generated cookbook with thousands of recipes has the secrets.
The Yellow Sticker Cookbook is a web-based app and online tool where you scan in the reduced items you’ve picked up from the supermarket, along with those you already have in your cupboard, and it will generate recipe after recipe to inspire your next feast.
The world is fascinated with artificial intelligence – but with that fascination comes fear. Sensationalist headlines warn AI could replace art and journalism, be a catapult for dangerous disinformation and even destroy humanity. But the Yellow Sticker Cookbook shows AI can be used for social good.
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“We’re all addicted to things that feel like threats,” says Nils Leonard, co-founder at Uncommon Creative Studio which has launched the cookbook. “There’s a never-ending conversation that it’s going to take our jobs. The truth is it won’t replace our reaction to a crisis. It’s very human that if we’re in trouble, we want to fix it. That’s not going to be replaced.”
The Yellow Sticker Cook Book is more of an ingredient matching exercise than a true piece of AI software on the level of ChatGPT and Midjourney. But as a tool for getting use out of those budget items at a time when people are looking for any way to save the pennies, it does the trick. Entering ingredients or taking a photo in the shop will turn up dozens of possible recipes from across the web.