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  • User Experience Book Club: July 2017-December 2017

    User Experience Book Club: July 2017-December 2017

    The User Experience Book Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm. Good Charts Scott Berinato July 13th Flow Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi August 10th How to Make Sense of Any Mess Abby Covert September 14th About Face Alan Cooper October 12t…
    - 29 May 17, 6:20pm -
  • Computer Science Book Club: March – August 2017

    Computer Science Book Club: March – August 2017

    The Computer Science Book Club is where the experienced and non-experts alike read and discuss important and popular books in computer science that blend broad topics in the subject with nuts and bolt engineering, history, and philosophy. The goal is…
    - 3 Mar 17, 3:01pm -
  • User Experience Book Club: January – June 2017

    User Experience Book Club: January – June 2017

    The User Experience Book Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm. UX Strategy Jamie Levy January 12th Change by Design Tim Brown February 9th Just Enough Research Erika Hall March 9th Designing Interface Animation Val Head April 13th…
    - 12 Dec 16, 3:10pm -
  • Science Fiction & Science Fact Book Club Reading List: October 2016 – August 2017

    Science Fiction & Science Fact Book Club Reading List: October 2016 – August 2017

    The Science Fiction and Science Fact book club will meet once every two months.  Each meeting will have two books assigned for it, a fiction and non-fiction book, about a similar topic.  You are not required to read both books but they will both be…
    - 3 Aug 16, 7:28pm -
  • Classics of Science Fiction Book Club Reading List: September 2016 – August 2017

    Classics of Science Fiction Book Club Reading List: September 2016 – August 2017

    The Classics of Science Fiction book club reads a variety of books that are, should be, could be, or might (arguably) one day be considered classics of the science fiction genre. We typically meet the third Thursday of the month at 7pm, though meetin…
    - 22 Jul 16, 1:24pm -
  • 21st Century Book Club List: September 2016 – August 2017

    21st Century Book Club List: September 2016 – August 2017

    The 21st Century Science Fiction Book Club is exploring authors of contemporary science fiction. We typically meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Click here to sign up for the mailing list through which you will receive monthly email reminde…
    - 18 Jul 16, 7:05pm -
  • Computer Science Book Club Reading List: August 2016 – February 2017

    Computer Science Book Club Reading List: August 2016 – February 2017

    The Computer Science Book Club is where the experienced and non-experts alike read and discuss important and popular books in computer science that blend broad topics in the subject with nuts and bolt engineering, history, and philosophy. The goal is…
    - 11 Jul 16, 2:19pm -
  • Graphic Novel Book Club Reading List

    Graphic Novel Book Club Reading List

    The Graphic Novel Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Ghost World Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware May 10th, 2016 Paper Girls Cliff K. Chiang, Brian K. Vaughan, Matt Wilson June 22nd, 2016 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 1 All…
    - 13 May 16, 1:56pm -
  • User Experience Book Club Reading List: January-December 2016

    User Experience Book Club Reading List: January-December 2016

    The User Experience Book Club meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm. Don’t Make Me Think Steve Krug January 28th, 2016 Articulating Design Decisions Tom Greever February 16th, 2016 Designing for Interaction Dan Saffer March 24th, 2016…
    - 4 Jan 16, 10:35pm -
  • Classics of Science Fiction Book Club Review: Theodore Savage

    Classics of Science Fiction Book Club Review: Theodore Savage

    On Thursday, November 19th, the Classics of Science Fiction Book Club met and discussed Cicely Hamilton’s Theodore Savage: A Story of the Past or the Future. Hamilton’s 1922 classic could be thought of as an alternative historical narrative about…
    - 29 Nov 15, 6:52pm -

Food Politics

  • newSugar in food products: A FoodNavigator collection of articles
    I am reprinting this with no comments (beyond really, healthier marshmallows?) from the industry newsletter FoodNavigator.  Here is its Special Edition: Sweeteners and sugar reduction Sugar continues to be in the spotlight, singled out as the nutrie…
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 9:00am -
  • Tracking COVID-19 in meat-packing workers
    Leah Douglas of the Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) is keeping an ongoing map of where COVID-19 cases are clustered among meat-packing workers. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.3 mill…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Jul 20, 9:00am -
  • USDA’s food boxes: some feedback

    USDA’s food boxes: some feedback

    Last week, I asked readers to tell me how the USDA’s Farmers to Families food box program looked on the ground.  I got a bunch of responses, but let me start with Andrew Coe’s op-ed in the New York Times, or, as he wrote me, his rant titled: “…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 9:00am -
  • Industry-funded research, Australia style

    Industry-funded research, Australia style

    A reader in Australia writes that she “just came upon a doozy of an industry-funded paper.” Title: Sales of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Australia: A Trend Analysis from 1997 to 2018, by William S. Shrapnel and Belinda E. Butcher.  Nutrients 202…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 9:00am -
  • Weekend reading: marketing of sugary drinks to minorities

    Weekend reading: marketing of sugary drinks to minorities

    The COVID-19 pandemic has pointed out how the higher risk of complications and death among members of minority groups.  The reasons are fairly well established.  Members of minority groups are more likely to: Be overweight Have diet-related risk fa…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jun 20, 9:00am -
  • The continuing saga of the food boxes
    The USDA says 20 million food boxes have been delivered to food banks through the Farmers-to-Families program, which aimed to buy food from farms that had no way of selling what they produced, package it in boxes, and deliver them to food banks.  Th…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jun 20, 9:00am -
  • Keeping up with COVID-19 and meat: items of interest
    The meat industry is in deep trouble.  Even industry insiders are taking it to task. I could hardly believe this piece in Forbes by Hank Cardello.  It sounds just like something I would write. 3 Ways To Fix The Meat Industry’s Empathy Problem The…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Jun 20, 8:32am -
  • Food companies respond to #BlackLivesMatter—and about time!

    Food companies respond to #BlackLivesMatter—and about time!


    - 9 days ago, 23 Jun 20, 9:00am -
  • The NCD Alliance has a map of industry marketing responses to Covid-19

    The NCD Alliance has a map of industry marketing responses to Covid-19

    The NCD [non-communicable disease] Alliance is a network of more than 2000 organizations in 170 countries.  Its purpose to to raise awareness of NCDs—type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and the like—among international agencies and to develop…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Jun 20, 9:00am -
  • Food (well, beverage) thought for the weekend

    Food (well, beverage) thought for the weekend


    - 13 days ago, 19 Jun 20, 9:00am -

Honest Cooking

  • Tuscan Restaurant Fiaschetteria On Outdoor Dining and Challenges Since COVID-19

    Tuscan Restaurant Fiaschetteria On Outdoor Dining and Challenges Since COVID-19

    Among many businesses and lives affected by COVID-19’s impact, the food industry took a hard blow. Many of which turned over their tables, laid off employees and completely shut their doors – unable to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately a…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Jul 20, 12:00pm -
  • Undeniably Tasty 4th of July Drink Recipes and Pairings

    Undeniably Tasty 4th of July Drink Recipes and Pairings

    Experts share their undeniably tasty 4th of July drink recipes! Along with tips for easy preparation and the best summer foods to pair to celebrate the holiday! This year 4th of July will be one to remember. Typically a day spent with friends and fam…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jun 20, 1:03pm -
  • California Wines for Any Summer Meal

    California Wines for Any Summer Meal

    California wine is a crossroad between diverse viticultural history and viticultural potential. These excellent wines became a global wine making celebrity in 1976. When it beat French wines in both red and white wine categories at the infamous Judgm…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Jun 20, 6:18pm -
  • Summer Wine Pairings You Absolutely Need to Try

    Summer Wine Pairings You Absolutely Need to Try

    If you’re getting bored of the usual light white wines often used for a summer wine pairings, it’s time to expand your horizons. Enate’s Head Winemaker Jesus Artagona, helps us as he shares five wines to enjoy for the summer.  Made on the foot…
    - 23 days ago, 9 Jun 20, 5:40pm -
  • Cooking with Beer – Recipes and Tips From Brooklyn Brew Shop

    Cooking with Beer – Recipes and Tips From Brooklyn Brew Shop

    You chug it from a frosty mug, can, bottle or upside down on a keg stand. You even smash it against your skull along with Stone Cold Steven Austin. Beer, the frothy alcoholic drink is a staple at college parties, football parties and happy hour men…
    - 24 days ago, 8 Jun 20, 5:42pm -
  • Our Favorite Spring Sparklers

    Our Favorite Spring Sparklers

    Spring is here, and although it is the strangest time most of us have ever experienced – there’s really NO reason to not be drinking sparkling wine right now. Now more than ever, we need to celebrate the small victories in our every day! Like tha…
    - 79 days ago, 14 Apr 20, 3:53pm -
  • Our Favorite Oaked Wines Right Now

    Our Favorite Oaked Wines Right Now

    Sometimes oak gets a bad rap in wine, but here at the website – we can’t resist a good oaky wine from time to time. In fact, we celebrate oak, and here are a few of our current oaked favorites, in no particular order. Barton Paradise City Syrah 2…
    - 79 days ago, 14 Apr 20, 3:08pm -
  • Mayanoki – New York City’s Only Sustainably Sourced Omakase Sushi Restaurant

    Mayanoki – New York City’s Only Sustainably Sourced Omakase Sushi Restaurant

    As someone who was embarrassed when I pulled out homemade sushi rolls out of my elementary school lunch bag, I’m pretty amazed at how western palates have evolved over recent decades to not only appreciate Japanese food that’s not slathered in te…
    - 11 Mar 20, 11:22am -
  • Bottino – Italian Restaurant in New York’s Chelsea Art Gallery Area

    Bottino – Italian Restaurant in New York’s Chelsea Art Gallery Area

    Dining at Bottino in the West Chelsea Highline neighborhood is a worthwhile experience. First note that when you enter the restaurant it may seem congested at first. Passing the fancy marble top bar, a convenient coat check and a hectic kitchen area.…
    - 9 Mar 20, 9:00am -
  • Popular Seafood Boil Restaurant Crosses the Hudson with a Jersey City Outpost

    Popular Seafood Boil Restaurant Crosses the Hudson with a Jersey City Outpost

    In just the handful of years since the Newark Ave Pedestrian Plaza in downtown Jersey City became vehicle-free, locals, tourists and businesses have steadily flocked to the city’s flourishing hub. Certain to boost the area’s popularity even more…
    - 4 Mar 20, 5:07pm -

It's Not F***ing Rocket Science

Khymos

  • My grocery list

    My grocery list

    It’s been a long hiatus, more than 3 years since the last blog post! I’ve been busy, but fortunately not too busy to cook. Despite desert like conditions on the blog, many desserts have been prepared and enjoyed! Looking back, I think one reason…
    - 8 Nov 17, 4:27pm -
  • Ginger milk curd

    Ginger milk curd

    With only 3 ingredients you can make a tasty gel within minutes. The gel is very fragile and easily “looses” liquid, in this case whey, which is seen as a clear drop under the spoon. This loss of liquid from a gel is known as syneresis. Some week…
    - 24 Feb 14, 3:02pm -
  • Texture updated and available for download

    Texture updated and available for download

    I’m happy to announce that a major update of “Texture – A hydrocolloid recipe collection” is now available for download. Version 3.0 of Texture features many new recipes, , more pictures (A big THANK YOU to all contributing photographers!), a…
    - 14 Feb 14, 8:12pm -
  • Volume-to-weight calculator for the kitchen

    Volume-to-weight calculator for the kitchen

    Vintage Glasbake Measuring Cup by Gerrilynn Nunley Despite the fact that the U.S. Metric Association have advocated metrication for nearly 100 years, many cookbooks still use US customary weights and volume measures. When following a recipe calling f…
    - 23 Jan 14, 4:13pm -
  • Brining salmon to avoid formation of white exudate

    Brining salmon to avoid formation of white exudate

    Avoid the white exudate (left) by brining salmon (right) prior to cooking Salmon is a wonderful fish that can be prepared at nearly any temperature between raw (as in sushi) and fully cooked. In between these extremes lies a range of temperatures tha…
    - 5 Jan 14, 2:59pm -
  • Notable new books from 2013

    Notable new books from 2013

    Browsing through books published in the last year (+ some from 2012), these are the ones I found particularly interesting in the field of food and science: Craft Cocktails at Home: Offbeat Techniques, Contemporary Crowd-Pleasers, and Classics Hacked…
    - 1 Jan 14, 5:08am -
  • “Texture” to be updated

    “Texture” to be updated


    - 29 Dec 13, 8:04pm -
  • Merry Christmas to all geeks

    Merry Christmas to all geeks

    Some say 2012 was the year when 3D printing hit the mass market. Well, here’s my small contribution based on my own christmas tree design as well as the classical Penrose kite and dart. (I know. It’s 2013 now, but the cookie cutters were actually…
    - 19 Dec 13, 6:28pm -
  • Nordic food lab

    Nordic food lab

    Tables set and decorated for the best lunch at a scientific conference ever! I mentioned in my blog post on “The Emerging Science of Gastrophysics” symposium held at the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters in Copenhagen that we were trea…
    - 9 Jan 13, 5:55pm -
  • Harvard science & cooking lectures 2012

    Harvard science & cooking lectures 2012

    The popular Science & Cooking lectures at Harvard are back again (in fact they started September 4th). Classes are filmed and freely available via Youtube and iTunes. Like in previous years the public lecture series is given alongside the course “…
    - 16 Sep 12, 6:02pm -

Modernist Cuisine

  • How to Rescue Overproofed Dough

    How to Rescue Overproofed Dough

    It happens to the best of us. You wait many hours for your dough to proof so that you can bake it, and then, somehow, you forget about the dough (it’s easy to do, especially when you’re juggling meal prep during the holidays), and it overproofs.…
    - 20 Nov 18, 12:00pm -
  • Discover How You Can Contribute to Modernist Pizza

    Discover How You Can Contribute to Modernist Pizza

    We’ve been hard at work for the last year learning everything we can about the art, science, and history of pizza. Now we want to hear from you. Today we launched an online research contributions portal that we hope will encourage you to join in o…
    - 5 Nov 18, 3:00pm -
  • Five Easy Tips For Freezing Your Sourdough Starter

    Five Easy Tips For Freezing Your Sourdough Starter

    One of the most important discoveries we made while developing and refining the recipes in Modernist Bread is that yeast is among the most resilient life-forms we’ve ever encountered (and we encounter many in our lab, which we share with a bunch of…
    - 11 Oct 18, 2:06pm -
  • Sourdough Science

    Sourdough Science

    Baking is applied microbiology. That may seem like an odd way to look at it, but it’s only a modest exaggeration. All yeast-leavened breads owe their shapes and textures to the actions of microbes. The yeast used to create bread can be commercially…
    - 26 Sep 18, 3:13pm -
  • Why Does Baking Bread Smell So Good?

    Why Does Baking Bread Smell So Good?

    Here’s a fun thing to try: stand outside a bakery on an early summer morning, and watch how people react to the smell of baking bread wafting out the door as they walk by. Their heads turn, their noses lift, their eyes close . . . It’s only a mat…
    - 22 Aug 18, 3:27pm -
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Molecular Gastronomy

  • The Science Behind Eggs

    The Science Behind Eggs

    Depending on the recipe, most baked goods require the use of eggs. Believe it or not, eggs serve a crucial role in many recipes, but cooking the perfect egg often proves to be a difficult task. This one simple ingredients … Continue reading →
    - 21 Jan 13, 1:50am -
  • Yeast in All its Glory

    Yeast in All its Glory

    Once you step into a kitchen, the baker becomes the chemist and the recipe the experiment. In the following, we will explore the relationship of yeast to the staple of baked goods, bread. The baker combines flour, yeast, liquid, and … Continue read…
    - 4 Dec 12, 4:21pm -
  • How Does High Altitude Affect Baking?
    As with any amateur baker hoping to rise in the ranks and finally trade in that Easy-Bake oven for the real thing, one must master the manipulation of temperatures, moisture levels, and precise ingredient measurements, whose slight deviation from ide…
    - 2 Dec 12, 7:36pm -
  • Scientific Ice Cream

    Scientific Ice Cream

    “It’s NEVER too cold for ice cream.” -Anonymous Have you ever wondered how making ice cream the old-fashioned way actually works? Well, let’s say one night, you put both a water bottle and a container of vanilla ice cream in … Continue read…
    - 30 Nov 12, 1:19pm -
  • How to Bake a Cookie – In Terms of Chemistry

    How to Bake a Cookie – In Terms of Chemistry

    Baking a cookie is pretty simple. You can either buy pre-made cookie dough and just place little balls of the dough in the oven, or you can make cookie dough from scratch then bake it. However, did you ever look … Continue reading →
    - 25 Nov 12, 6:00pm -
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