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The Interplanetary Cookbook

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The MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative is developing “The Interplanetary Cookbook”—a collection of thought-provoking recipes, tools for eating, and sensory experiences for life in space.

Open call for entries!

Deadline to apply: September 30, 2019

SUBMIT ENTRY HERE 

Food is a key creature comfort in spaceflight, and it will play an even more significant role on long duration space travel and future life in space habitats. Currently, space food is freeze-dried and prepackaged in ways consistent with the demands of present day space travel. The advancement of deepspace exploration and the development of an interplanetary space tourism industry will make new cultural events and experiences never encountered before in human history possible. How can we design new and unforeseen foodways and gastronomic experiences that extend beyond basic sustenance?

Thoughtfully designed foods and culinary experiences could allow humans to feel more connected to their loved ones and histories on Earth, as well as promote the beginning of a food culture that fosters deeper relationships with new worlds. The function of food is not … View full description

The MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative is developing “The Interplanetary Cookbook”—a collection of thought-provoking recipes, tools for eating, and sensory experiences for life in space.

Open call for entries!

Deadline to apply: September 30, 2019

SUBMIT ENTRY HERE 

Food is a key creature comfort in spaceflight, and it will play an even more significant role on long duration space travel and future life in space habitats. Currently, space food is freeze-dried and prepackaged in ways consistent with the demands of present day space travel. The advancement of deepspace exploration and the development of an interplanetary space tourism industry will make new cultural events and experiences never encountered before in human history possible. How can we design new and unforeseen foodways and gastronomic experiences that extend beyond basic sustenance?

Thoughtfully designed foods and culinary experiences could allow humans to feel more connected to their loved ones and histories on Earth, as well as promote the beginning of a food culture that fosters deeper relationships with new worlds. The function of food is not simply to provide nourishment—it evokes the imagination, engages our senses, and contains our cultural heritage. “The Interplanetary Cookbook” seeks to explore the unique food culture that will undoubtedly emerge as humans venture into new orbits through reconsidering, and even redesigning, the future of food beyond Earth-based practices. 

We welcome all forms of submissions from project briefs to recipes and designs. 

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Recipe based on environment (e.g., zero gravity, geography)
  • Recipe inspired by space (e.g., Sci-Fi, aesthetics)
  • Mealtime tradition (e.g., cultural, daily routine, special occasion)  
  • Cuisine style (e.g., regional, fusion, haute cuisine and homestyle/comfort food)
  • Space tourism (e.g., restaurant concept)
  • Tool for eating (e.g., utensil, dishware)
  • Food packaging design
  • Sensory experience design (e.g., aroma, flavor, texture)

Space food products and eating experiences should celebrate the unique affordances of zero gravity while addressing the challenges associated with eating in space—decreased sense of smell, waning and shifting appetites, food flyaways in zero gravity, degrading nutritional value, and a need for communal and cultural experience sharing for mental health and wellbeing.

For inquiries about the project please email Maggie Coblentz (mcoblent@media.mit.edu).