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December 17, 2015

Molecular Cuisine: Considering the Chemical Senses in Culinary Practice

Pt. 4 – “Sensorium” is the new “restaurant”

Considering the function of the chemical senses and their interaction in flavor perception is key to the development of molecu...

December 15, 2015

Molecular Cuisine: Considering the Chemical Senses in Culinary Practice

Pt. 3 – All in Good Taste

While olfaction contributes considerably to flavor perception, gustation’s contributions obviously cannot be dismissed. The five, possibly six,...

December 13, 2015

Molecular Cuisine: Considering the Chemical Senses in Culinary Practice

Pt. 2 – Tasting – with your nose?

In order to understand the techniques molecular chefs use to develop flavor, “flavor” must be properly defined. In laymen’s terms, “tast...

December 11, 2015

Molecular Cuisine: Considering the Chemical Senses in Culinary Practice

Pt. 1 – Molecular WHAT?

Vaporizers, rotary evaporators, rotor-stator homogenizers, ultrasonic baths, and immersion circulators have found their way into a different kind...

December 9, 2015

About 1 in 10 babies in the U.S. is born prematurely, according to the National Institutes of Health. Premature babies are born having had insufficient time to develop and are prone to many health risks. Among these risks is the possibility...

October 30, 2015

Artificial sweeteners were developed incidentally but are now commonly used in food and beverage production. Saccharin, discovered at John Hopkins during research with coal tar derivatives, was originally marketed as a product for diabetics...

September 24, 2015

As a dance major, you delve into more obscure and philosophical topics of conversation than an outsider might expect. You find yourself discussing the validity of various metaphors used to describe anatomical structure and physiology. You q...

January 25, 2015

Reminiscence can be treacherous. In a time where external hard drives carry volume upon volume of family photos, the Internet acts as an unburied time capsule, and self-publishing is commonly practiced, it is all too easy to remind ourselve...

September 6, 2014

Whenever I realize a change within myself, I feel I’m experiencing a unique brand of epiphany. It’s akin to that glimmer of excitement that stirs when I notice a new blossom blooming on a household plant. Had I watched carefully enough, I c...

August 31, 2014

To those who have never read Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist, I would highly recommend doing so. It is a short, inspiring work and is particularly appealing to the practicing creative mind. Any reader would benefit from a quick flip thr...

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