Curious Cook

The Science of Cooking: Understanding the Biology and Chemistry Behind Food and Cooking

You’re hopefully making something greater than the sum of its parts. It’s just a weird subculture and once you kind of enter that it becomes a lifestyle, not really a job. Le Bernardin, one of only four three-star Michelin restaurants in New York City. A self-proclaimed “accidental pastry chef,” he traveled around the United States extensively before working in a bakery, where he had his first big “aha” moment working with bread and discovered a passion for cooking. Different temperature points in the decomposition range yield different flavor compounds.

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  • I really don’t want to be bogged down in the science of cooking; I just want to cook.
  • This game helps children improve their attention to detail and pattern recognition skills.

While homemade dog food has merits, pre-prepared foods with whole ingredients are now available. Our slow-cooker white chicken chili couldn’t be easier, and we love the texture it takes on once the beans are partially mashed. It might feel weird to use a potato masher in your slow-cooker, but trust us, it’s worth it!

The FDA doesn’t actually define what “sashimi grade” or “sushi grade” means, but it does explicitly state that fish not intended to be completely cooked before serving must be frozen before being served. Use a digital thermometer and make sure the internal temperature reaches 160°F / 71°C. You can pull it off the grill when it is a few degrees lower, because carryover will take it up to temperature. The serving spoons, by the way, are supposed to stay in the food, so that they too stay above 140°F / 60°C.

You can either remove the skin (pan sear it by itself for duck lardons!) or score the skin with a knife and then pan sear the skin side of the duck to crisp it up. Try adding other ingredients to the sauce, or making your own sauce if you like. I’ll often pour a tablespoon or so of wine or port into the empty BBQ sauce jar to “rinse out” the thick sauce, then pour the port-sauce slurry into the slow cooker.

Simple recipes made for real, actual, everyday life.

Our best tips for eating thoughtfully and living joyfully, right in your inbox. Look up molecular gastronomy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. “bacon decorated with butterscotch and dehydrated apple, served threaded on a horizontal wire”. Ferran Adrià of El Bulli, prefers the term ‘deconstructivist’ to describe his style of cooking. With his wife Giana, Kurti edited an anthology on food and science by fellows and foreign members of the Royal Society.

Create a “well” in the center of the ingredients by pushing the food into a ring around the edges of the bowl. Crack two eggs into the well, add a pinch of salt and some fresh ground pepper, cover with aluminum foil, and bake in a preheated oven set to 350°F / 180°C until the egg is set, about 25 minutes. (You can use a probe thermometer set to beep at 140°F / 60°C.) Try adding some crushed red pepper flakes to the breakfast version or sriracha sauce to the dinner version. Baking alone won’t generate much of a toasted top, and broiling won’t produce a warm center. However, baking until it’s almost done and then switching to the broiler achieves both results.

Players are given 2 minutes to collect vegetables on each level. This game uses the same mechanics as the below Donuts game, but shows tomatoes, carrots, peppers and other vegetables instead of colorful sprinkled donuts. The color of the tomatoes and peppers are the same while the shape of peppers is quite similar to the shape of carrots, making this game harder to quickly scan visually than the colorful Donut game. Feed The Baby is a simple food classification game for young children where they must choose if a food is primarily cateogrized as meat, vegetables, or dessert. Play fast to earn a high score to unlock 3 additional babies.

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