Your Desktop Dining Tips (and Cooking for Geeks Giveaway)

Food & Beverage

Let’s face it, a large majority of us eat at our desks. I eat nearly all of my meals here (and my keyboard is crummy enough to prove it). And I not only eat within my work flow, I frequently rush the food prep itself (especially Breakfast and Lunch) so I can get back to the ‘board as quickly as possible. Both of these behaviors run counter to my increasing desire to eat healthier. So, I’ve at least been trying to make sure it’s better food that I’m stuffing into the feedbag at my desk. Lately, I’ve been making tomato/basil, almond butter and banana, and cucumber sandwiches, on a really good-quality bread and with low-fat mayo (on the veggie sandwiches). These are all amazingly tasty and good for you.

So, we’d like to hear some of your desktop dining favorites and tips for cooking decent food quickly (and ideally making healthier choices under such less-than-optimal dining conditions). And yes, it goes without saying that we’d all be better off taking a break, eating at a proper table, eating in “the Big Room” (outside), etc. I’m trying to get better about that, too.

We’ll be doing a drawing of two of your comments/tips below and giving out copies of Cooking for Geeks, Jeff Potter’s awesome book that we’ve been excerpting from for our food theme. The drawing period will extend until midnight PDT on Sunday night (6/5/11). Winners will be announced on Monday. We’ll assemble the best desktop dining tips into a follow up article.

Update: The winners are Amy Holton and “Andy.” Please email me (gareth at makezine) you address to claim your prize.

In the Maker Shed:
Cooking for Geeks
Jeff Potter, O’Reilly, 2010
Are you the innovative type, the cook who marches to a different drummer, used to expressing your creativity instead of just following recipes? Are you interested in the science behind what happens to food while it’s cooking? Do you want to learn what makes a recipe work so you can improvise and create your own unique dish? Author Jeff Potter has done the cubicle thing, the startup thing, and the entrepreneur thing, and through it all maintained his sanity by cooking for his friends.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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