Site update

This has all been rather under the radar, but the eagle-eyed ones among you who don’t read The Island of Dr Gâteau through an RSS feed reader might have noticed that the blog is no longer a satellite orbiting — it has its own domain now. Welcome to

I thought getting an address that was easier to remember might be helpful to whoever those people are who had to look up my website by name on a search engine because the address wasn’t exactly brief or memorable. So to all the people who had to get to my site via a Google search for “island of dr gateu”, I hope your life is easier now. Although you could still to spell gâteau. Sorry. And sorry to the Francophone people who have to suffer seeing gâteau spelt without the circumflex in URLs. It irks me too.

You shouldn’t need to change your RSS feeds, since and are set up as mirrors of each other. If you try to visit, it will redirect you to, so links don’t really need updating if you don’t really feel like it (and is going to be around indefinitely, so the old address won’t become obsolete any time soon). All very convenient for you, my comrades in cake.

Thank you extremely muchly to my amazingly brilliantly amazing and brilliant boyfriend, Chris, who took care of everything between the point where I said “Hmm, I’ve been thinking of getting a domain for my blog” to the point that you see now, with everything transferred and directed and arranged oh so very neatly.

With the new domain, I’m also going to attempt a slightly new direction with the blog: same crazy recipes, but with the crazy biology and psychology of taste and food thrown in. I figure that’s what I can offer the blogosphere that other people might not. Up until now I don’t feel like I’ve done anything particularly distinctive with the blog. Lots of people write about food and post their own recipes, and lots of them do it much, much better than I can. What can I offer that’s different? Science! Not molecular gastronomy, per se, because I am not a chemist and lack the knowledge to explain or create chemical reactions in order to explore food and flavour in new ways. But I am a neuroscientist, so I can definitely explain the biology, the neuroscience and the psychology. What’s more — I really like all that stuff! Maybe you will like it too! (Because if you don’t… BAM!)

And of course, expect a new red velvet recipe very soon.

(Cover image of Nature Reviews: Neuroscience, June 2010. It’s a brain. I did a degree in brains and it still took me about ten minutes to figure out what I was looking at in this picture. I was like, “Wow, way to make a bizarre and suspiciously lumpy loaf of bread, Nature Reviews. Is it some sort of foetus shape?”)

  9 comments for “Site update

  1. September 9, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Funnily enough, I’m actually really looking forward to you taking the food + science angle of your blog further :) This may surprise people who know me, but I actually topped my high school in science (I laughed when the principal told me. Not out of joy, but because I already knew I was ever going to do science again). So there is a part of me, despite everything I say to the contrary, that loves learning that stuff.

    In other words? Bring. It. On. Mrs Smartypants. :D

    P.S. I want a Chris. Do you think that redirecting thing is worth it? Would you mind asking him how that part was done?!

    • Jess
      September 10, 2010 at 7:56 am

      Then I can provide the reverse irony to your high school science situation, since I topped my high school in English. But it’s not quite ironic, since English is going to be applicable everywhere, so I can’t really say I knew I was never going to do/speak/use English again (but wow, if I had said that, and then taken up another language entirely…). Also I was top for biology and chemistry, so that’s even less ironic. This isn’t ironic at all… gah…

      Anyway… SCIENCE!

      I think the redirect thing is pretty useful. I’ll email you what Chris did, although I’m not sure if the only reason it’s possible for my blog is because Chris owned the previous domain, whereas I’m guess you might not own… ;)

    • September 10, 2010 at 10:36 am

      Ah, yes, I’m not Ms. WordPress. But if you could email me that info anyway, just so I can see what it is, that might be helpful! :) And you speaken engelish some good yes!

  2. September 12, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Congratulation on the launch of Jess!! I was so glad when I took the plunge and setup my own domain and I am sure you will be too.

    I’m also looking forward to the food + science angle too. It’s one of the things that makes your blog unique, along with your red velvet obsession ;)

    • Jess
      September 15, 2010 at 8:15 am

      Although now we know that the red velvet obsession isn’t so unique, alas. She even made a literary-reference-based pun using “gâteau”! I feel like I’ve fallen into a parallel dimension…

  3. September 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Jess. You, my friend, are pretty darned amazing and I wish I could write like you.

    • Jess
      September 15, 2010 at 8:13 am

      Aww, thanks, Hel. I usually feel like I write like I’m trying to be cleverer than I am, and I worry that it comes off as forced or lame, so it’s reassuring to know that someone likes my style. :)

    • September 15, 2010 at 11:16 pm

      Definitely not! It’s all awesome. I’ve noticed I seem to write in very short sentences.

  4. Christine
    October 6, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I’m glad I decided to revisit! In that absence I returned and discovered an even better twist to the food–SCIENCE! It all is compelling so far!

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