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Molecular Gastronomy in Orbit(z)

The revolution in molecular gastronomy did not begin with Ferran Adrià’s experiments at El Bullí in 1998, it began the year before, and was heralded by the marketing of one of the least successful soft drinks ever created. In the … Continue reading

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An Evening with José Andrés

I have been attending the Harvard Science and Cooking Public Lectures, making it to roughly every other one in the series. I missed the inaugural lecture (now online here) which featured Ferran Adrià, Harold McGee, and José Andrés, so I … Continue reading

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Cookies Are Not Causation

He Who Will Not Be Ignored will not eat M&M cookies; he believes that they make him sick. It’s not a decision he arrived at arbitrarily, it is, in his mind, supported by hard evidence. Four years ago, while driving … Continue reading

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No Foam 101 for Me

Back in March of this year, the food blogosphere picked up on this article in The Washington Post, which reported that Ferran Adrià of El Bulli and his friend José Andrés, prominent DC area chef, would be lecturing at Harvard … Continue reading

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Bacon-Wrapped Skirt Steak

With a head full of ideas from the classes taught by Ideas in Food, I realized it was time to turn theory into practice. I thought it would be prudent to try one of the simpler recipes, and the bacon-wraped … Continue reading

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Kitchen Chemistry

During my summer internships at General Foods, I worked with many industrial processing techniques and chemicals that I later dismissed as having no practical value for a home cook working on a much smaller scale. I was proven wrong years … Continue reading

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Shocking!

Because She Who Must Be Obeyed and I donate to the Boston Museum of Science, we frequently get invited to exhibit previews and special events. Last Saturday we took a behind the scenes tour of the Theater of Electricity, the … Continue reading

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The Downfall of Vaccine Denial

If you thought the vaccine denial movement was immune to the Downfall video meme, you’re in for a surprise. As you can see here, der Führer had a rough time of it after learning about a Danish study demonstrating no … Continue reading

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“Scientifically Unsupportable”

Last Friday, special masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims released their findings on the second phase of the Omnibus Autism Proceedings, and found no evidence of a causal link between autism and thimerosal in vaccines. (The first phase, … Continue reading

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Feeding the Maws of Doom

It’s been three months since I set up my iTerrarium. I must be doing something right, because the Nepenthes alata has developed two fully-formed pitchers (front and rear in the photo), with a third (to the right) on the way. … Continue reading

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