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Hervé This (pronounced “Teess”) is an internationally renowned chemist, to hold a doctorate in molecular gastronomy, a cutting-edge field he pioneered. Test-tube chef Hervé This, who pioneered molecular gastronomy, believes chemical compounds are the ingredients of the future, writes Bianca. Molecular Gastronomy has ratings and 61 reviews. Petra Eggs said: I’m really enjoying this. Some of it is going over my head but I’m starting to get.

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The mass of lumpy white proteins clung to a fork with the consistency of scrambled eggs mixed with glue. He has written several books on the subject which tis be understood even by those who have little or no knowledge of chemistry, but so far only two have been translated into English.

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He has mummified eggs, unboiled eggs, cooked eggs without heat and turned hard-boiled eggs transparent. This is a collection of short essays on various tbis in the science of food and cooking.

Oct 30, Simon rated it really liked it Shelves: There are even wines from Bordeaux that not only last a great number of caudalies, but they also have the power to come back again after thls I don’t think this book works very well as an audiobook.

Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor by Hervé This

Anyone who has enjoyed reading M. Each chapter consists of several sections. I’ll be trying out a few kitchen experiments and hopefully they will lead to others.

Please login to subscribe. Culinary school Le Cordon Bleu has hosted dinners to teach This’ principles to its up-and-coming gastronomes. And in example after example, he fails. The Coca-Cola, Twinkies and Starbursts being sold at the deli across from NYU’s campus are early iterations of note-by-note, assembled, as so many packaged foods are, from chemical compounds that could have come from This’ food pantry of the future.

The professor, who is the director of the International Centre for Molecular Gastronomy at AgroParisTech university in France, is best known for co-creating the scientific study of molecular gastronomy in that paved the way for legions of chefs around the world to take up molecular cooking and incorporate science in the kitchen. This also shows us how to cook perfect French fries, why a souffl’ rises and falls, how long to cool champagne, when to season a steak, the right way to cook pasta, how the shape of a wine glass affects the taste of wine, why chocolate turns white, and how salt modifies tastes.


They spend a lot of time naming different chemicals and numbers in brief, but not in a context that you can make any use of. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The white sludge of egg protein he was mixing was not really a steak, he explained with practised patience. I have enough science background, including coursework in food engineering, to understand what the author was doing.

Each ‘article’ usually cites experiments conducted regarding the subject, presents evidence, sometimes some historical background and then attempts to explain the science of what happens when cooking.

Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor

In recent years molecular gastronomy has started seeping out of the kitchen laboratory and onto the restaurant plate, thanks to a pioneering group of think-ahead chefs who want to really understand and reinvent everything if they can.

I loved reading about the nitty-gritty of what makes things work and why they cook the way they do, but this book gets VERY technical when he gets into the biology of cooking, it was even too technical for me. He suggests orange juice, but I’m more inclined to raid the liquor cabinet.

This book opened my eyes to the science mostly chemistry and physics behind cooking. DJs fill clubs by playing synthetic beats that sound nothing like any music made with traditional instruments, so why can’t chefs break loose, too? Note-by-note recipes call on kitchen essentials such as water, oil and sodium chloride aka salt and use classic techniques like frying, broiling and baking along with molecular-gastronomy methods such as dehydration and spherification.

For me, molecular gastronomy is so fascinating and fancy, and that’s why I bought this book; however, after I read it, I found it’s much more academic?! He had prepared a red garnish by squeezing a jelled soy-sauce mixture from a syringe onto an ice cube, and the “chicken” was really wheat starch, gluten, milk protein, glutamate and centrifuged carrot fibres pulverised in a coffee grinder and then pan-fried.

A former newspaper journalist, the food writer relishes uncovering stories in eateries and kitchens as much as hunting for new chomping grounds. The author is very confident in his experiments, although, the experiments are basic and simple, but are reasonable in winning the argument.

Perfect for browsing, even by those of us with little talent in the kitchen. Urban myths are thi you knew that spoon-champagne thing never worked but now you have evidence and loads of great food science. It is organized into almost small essays, all based on some research into a specific scientific question of culinary phenomena.


But he really could have used a better editor, and maybe someone with a little common sense to help gatronomy decide what to include in the book. DNF, which is unusual for me. What he discovers will entertain, instruct, and intrigue cooks, gourmets, and scientists alike. It might be fairer to say that each mini section is effectively its own chapter, and everything that stands in the way is just a navigation tool.

Although his main focus is on physical chemistry, he also attributes great importance to the emotional aspect of cooking, as the title of one of his books shows: As with molecular gastronomy, This has started by nolecular note-by-note in haute kitchens, hoping the 99 per cent will follow.

This book will address many basic questions around cooking gstronomy that many cooks ehrve heard about such as “Should I salt beans before or after the This book opened my eyes to the science mostly chemistry and physics behind cooking. Not Impressed By Chilli Crab This practices note-by-note cooking in his laboratory for lunch sometimes, adding chemical compounds to his food.

One Gagnaire dessert, the Chick Corea, uses ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium lactate, centrifuged apple and other ingredients to create lemon-flavoured liquid-filled pearls and cubes of fruit fibre that are served under a brittle green menthol crust. The email address is already in use.

Herv’ This pronounced “Teess” is an internationally renowned chemist, a popular French television personality, a bestselling cookbook author, a longtime collaborator with the famed French chef Pierre Gagnaire, and the only person to hold a doctorate in molecular gastronomy, a cutting-edge field he pioneered.

Bulk might come from powdered wheat starch instead of pasta; a sauce could be thickened with iota carrageenan, a seaweed extract, in place of heavy cream; liquids are chiefly water and cooking oil; and plates may be dolled up by running combs over whisked piles of pea-protein dough. It acts as an introduction to a nearly endless science, it sits as a memory aid to many key points and techniques and it sets off a taste for even further reading, experimentation and trial.

It’s the meat-and-potatoes folks he’s after. When I spoke with Clarembeau, he explained that the “soup” was freeze-dried coconut extract and gellan gum a bacteria by-product presented in two contrasting consistencies: I started to skim after I’d got about a third of the way in.