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IKEA Channels Their Furniture Assembly Instructions in Recipe Posters

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Compared to putting together IKEA's furniture sets, assembling one of the brand's meals made from frozen food is easy. But a promotional campaign from the Swedish company aims to make preparing their food even simpler with help from recipe pages inspired by their instruction manuals.

As Co.Design reports, the IKEA Recipe Series features infographic-style cooking instructions that call for ingredients from the store’s frozen food section. Home cooks are meant to work directly on the sheet itself: The illustrations are sized for portioning out the exact amounts of each ingredient. The poster is made from parchment paper and its ink is non-toxic, so once all the components have been laid out it can be folded up and popped in the oven as is.

The steps are conveyed in IKEA’s typical image-focused style, but these recipes should take less time to put together than a seven-piece armoire. The posters were handed out in 18 Canadian stores during IKEA’s kitchen event in 2016, as part of the chain's recent trend of treating their food offerings as less of a random quirk and as more of a main attraction. According to one rumor, IKEA is even considering making stand-alone restaurants a part of their business model.

The limited-edition posters were claimed fast, and there's no word on whether or not a similar campaign will make its way to stores in the U.S. For now, you can take a look at some of the recipes that were featured in the video below.

[h/t Co.Design]

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Soup, defined by Merriam-Webster as "a liquid food especially with a meat, fish, or vegetable stock as a base and often containing pieces of solid food," is the ultimate simple comfort food. But if you look closer at the definition, you'll notice it's surprisingly vague. Is ramen soup? What about gumbo? Is a soy vanilla latte actually a type of three-bean soup? The subjectivity of language makes this simple food category a lot more complicated than it seems.

That’s the inspiration behind Something Something Soup Something, a new video game that has players label dishes as either soup or not soup. According to Waypoint, Italian philosopher, architect, and game designer Stefano Gualeni created the game after traveling the world asking people what constitutes soup. After interviewing candidates of 23 different nationalities, he concluded that the definition of soup "depends on the region, historical period, and the person with whom you're speaking."

Gualeni took this real-life confusion and applied it to a sci-fi setting. In Something Something Soup Something, you play as a low-wage extra-terrestrial worker in the year 2078 preparing meals for human clientele. Your job is to determine which dishes pass as "soup" and can be served to the hungry guests while avoiding any items that may end up poisoning them. Options might include "rocks with celery and batteries in a cup served with chopsticks" or a "foamy liquid with a candy cane and a cooked egg served in a bowl with a fork."

The five-minute game is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but Gualeni also hopes to get people thinking about real philosophical questions. According to its description page, the game is meant to reveal "that even a familiar, ordinary concept like 'soup' is vague, shifting, and impossible to define exhaustively."

You can try out Something Something Soup Something for free on your browser.

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