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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

  • newWeekend reading: Jennifer Clapp’s 3rd edition of Food

    Weekend reading: Jennifer Clapp’s 3rd edition of Food

    Jennifer Clapp.  Food.  3rd edition.  Polity Press, 2020.   I did a blurb for this one, as I did for the previous two editions: In this newly updated edition of Food, Jennifer Clapp explains how our current global food system affects every aspec…
    - 16 hours ago, 27 Nov 20, 8:35am -
  • Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

    Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

      A gift cartoon from Cagle. Enjoy the day.  Stay safe.  Stay sane.
    - 2 days ago, 26 Nov 20, 9:00am -
  • The State of Obesity, 2020: no downturn in prevalence

    The State of Obesity, 2020: no downturn in prevalence

    Trust for America’s Health has just issued its annual report on obesity in America. The full report is here. The results are truly alarming, especially because obesity—and the conditions for which it increases risk—also increase the risk of poo…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 9:00am -
  • Digital marketing to children: two reports

    Digital marketing to children: two reports

    The thing about digital marketing to kids is that parents hardly ever see it.  And it works.  Really well. The first report comes from the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern. The report comes with three issue briefs. Policies to prote…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 9:00am -
  • Industry-funded study of the week: dairy foods and child growth
    Growth and Development of Preschool Children (12–60 Months): A Review of the Effect of Dairy Intake.   David C. Clark, Christopher J. Cifelli, Matthew A Pikosky.  Nutrients 2020, 12(11), 3556; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12113556 The study:  A…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 9:00am -
  • Weekend reading: Deborah Madison!

    Weekend reading: Deborah Madison!

    Deborah Madison.  An Onion in My Pocket: A Life with Vegetables.  Alfred A. Knopf/Borzoi, 2020.  Here’s my back-of-the-book jacket blurb: Onion in My Pocket is a riveting account of how Deborah Madison’s previous 20-year incarnation as a serio…
    - 8 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 9:00am -
  • Retailers should promote health eating: Here’s how.
    I was sent a press release announcing a set of research papers on retail strategies to improve healthy eating.  Most people buy food at supermarkets, but supermarkets are not public health agencies.  They are businesses with one purpose: to make mo…
    - 9 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 9:00am -
  • New report: Big Food vs. Public Health During the Pandemic

    New report: Big Food vs. Public Health During the Pandemic

    Here’s a new must-read report: This is a thorough and carefully done analysis of the ways in which Big Food companies took advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic as a marketing opportunity.  The report gives more than 40 specific examples of corporate…
    - 10 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 9:00am -
  • Let’s hear it for good food news: the British government wants to ban junk food marketing
    Here’s the announcement in The Guardian: “UK to ban all online junk food advertising to tackle obesity:  ‘World-leading’ proposal delights health campaigners and dismays advertising industry.” The tougher-than-expected rules came after Bor…
    - 11 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 9:00am -
  • Industry-funded studies of the week: blueberries—again!
    Thanks to Lisa Young for sending this announcement: New Research Examines Blueberries’ Positive Impact in Men with Type 2 Diabetes.  I am already on record as saying that I love blueberries, but I wish they weren’t marketed as superfoods.  All…
    - 12 days ago, 16 Nov 20, 9:00am -

Honest Cooking

  • Murray’s Cheese Bar Provides Comfort in LIC

    Murray’s Cheese Bar Provides Comfort in LIC

    Experience the comforts of Murray’s Cheese Bar, the legendary cheese shop’s new flagship store offering all things cheese. The rattles of the 7 train tremble as runners and pooches pass the limited outdoor dining tables set up along Murray’s Ch…
    - 8 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 12:53pm -
  • Four Seasons Aviara – An Intimate Southern California Family Getaway

    Four Seasons Aviara – An Intimate Southern California Family Getaway

    What’s the luxury hotel experience like in the age of COVID-19? We decided to head south for the weekend, and explore Four Seasons Aviara in Carlsbad, CA. Nestled in the hills above Carlsbad – about 1.5 hours south of Los Angeles, and 45 minutes…
    - 17 days ago, 10 Nov 20, 1:00pm -
  • Cooking Through the Pandemic – An Interview with Executive Chef James Waters
    The Seasons Restaurant, the locally-focused culinary heart of the Four Seasons Aviara in Carlsbad,CA , is headed up by Executive Chef James Waters. We caught up with Chef Waters to hear how the culinary team has handled the unique circumstances of 20…
    - 19 days ago, 8 Nov 20, 1:00pm -
  • Lucciola Restaurant, NY – The Charm of Bologna on Amsterdam Avenue

    Lucciola Restaurant, NY – The Charm of Bologna on Amsterdam Avenue

    Symbolizing hope and light, the fine dining Italian restaurant Lucciola finds light during a global pandemic. Bringing Italy’s fantastic food and culture to the streets of Amsterdam Ave, NYC. I took my first trip to Italy seven years ago and, like…
    - 21 days ago, 7 Nov 20, 11:21am -
  • White Truffle Polenta with Parmigiano Reggiano 24 Months

    White Truffle Polenta with Parmigiano Reggiano 24 Months

    A deliciously decadent polenta, pumped full of white truffle flavors and Parmiggiano-Reggiano 24 months. Serve with an equally decadent glass of Barolo. A decadent white truffle polenta for the colder months.The post White Truffle Polenta with Parmi…
    - 22 days ago, 5 Nov 20, 3:49pm -
  • 10 Cookie Baking Tips to Make you a Master Cookie Maker
    Cookie baking is the superpower we all need especially as we transition to the fall season and continue to cope with the global pandemic. We checked in with Executive Pastry Chef at Chip City, Andrea Prunella to get some tips on how to master the cra…
    - 25 days ago, 2 Nov 20, 4:23pm -
  • How Three Tequila and Mezcal Making Families are Celebrating Dia de los Muertos

    How Three Tequila and Mezcal Making Families are Celebrating Dia de los Muertos

    Dia de los Muertos is a deeply spiritual family Holiday in Mexican culture, and it has strong connections to food and drinks as well. We caught up with three tequila and mezcal making families to hear how they will be navigating this year’s celebra…
    - 27 days ago, 1 Nov 20, 12:04pm -
  • Paloma Tequila Cocktail

    Paloma Tequila Cocktail

    Fresh, packing a punch, and oh so pretty. The Paloma cocktail is definitely one of our (many) favorite ways of consuming good tequila. Refreshing, fresh, and packing a punch.The post Paloma Tequila Cocktail appeared first on Honest Cooking.
    - 28 days ago, 31 Oct 20, 11:55am -
  • Check out the 2020 White Truffle Festival Nov 13-22

    Check out the 2020 White Truffle Festival Nov 13-22

    Looking for a little restaurant decadence this fall? Look no further than the 2020 White Truffle Festival, happening across the US Nov 13-22. Prunotto, one of the oldest wineries in Piedmont, Italy, and Urbani Truffles, a purveyor of fresh truffles a…
    - 28 days ago, 30 Oct 20, 3:48pm -
  • Mezcal Mule

    Mezcal Mule

    A deliciously refreshing mezcal cocktail that combines the freshness of lemon juice, spiced notes of ginger, and smoky punch of great mezcal. A perfect cocktail for Cinco de Mayo, Dia de los Muertos, or just just any old Tuesday.The post Mezcal Mule…
    - 30 days ago, 29 Oct 20, 11:53am -

It's Not F***ing Rocket Science

Khymos

  • Gift guide: Books on food with a touch of science
    Due to my extended break from blogging it turns out I haven’t recommended books here at Khymos since 2013! As you know I do keep an eye open for books about food that have a certain scientific touch. Let me start off with some recommendations for b…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 6:26pm -
  • Take the guessing out of baking: Calculate the right amount of yeast
    Never before have I seen so many references to exponential growth as during the last year. Regrettably this has been in a negative context related to the spread of the SARS CoV-2 virus. Exponential growth is very counterintuitive (as the wheat/rice c…
    - 13 days ago, 15 Nov 20, 8:49am -
  • Preparing for an update of Texture
    It’s been 6 years since the last update of “Texture – A hydrocolloid recipe collection” and I’m thinking it’s about time for an update. It will be an incremental revision, so expect a v.3.1 were wrinkles have been ironed out, nothing majo…
    - 36 days ago, 22 Oct 20, 3:01pm -
  • Results from 20 years of experiments summarized
    I just received an email from Hervé This with a document briefly summarizing 20 years of molecular gastronomy seminars in Paris. He has kindly asked recipients not to hesitate with distributing the results, so I therefore share the pdf documents wit…
    - 48 days ago, 11 Oct 20, 9:44am -
  • Khymos update and new logo
    I’m happy to announce that Khymos has undergone major upgrades and repairs behind the scenes. The entire blog has been moved from blog.khymos.org to khymos.org (old URLs are redirected). Furthermore I’ve made the transition to a responsive WordPr…
    - 48 days ago, 10 Oct 20, 7:03pm -
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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 -

Modernist Cuisine

  • Black Lives Matter

    Black Lives Matter

    As you may have realized, we have been offline for over 3 months. Posting tips about bread has not felt right during this time. There are more important things going on in this country. We’ve wrestled with what to do, but ultimately haven’t wante…
    - 67 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 10:38am -
  • 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 -
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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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