J. Kenji López-Alt exhausted 32 pounds of flour in 100 tests to make 1,536 chocolate chip cookies until he got it just right:
For the past few months, I've had chocolate chip cookies on the brain. I wake up in the middle of the night with a fresh idea, a new test to run, only to discover that my 10 pound flour bin has been emptied for the third time. Did I really use it all up that fast?
A worthy effort.
This reminds me of a cookbook my friend Larry Halff, of Ma.gnolia fame for those of us that go back that far, gifted me called The New Best Recipe Book wherein many, many chefs made recipes sometimes upwards of 50 times until they got it just right. Best cookbook we've ever had.