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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He used a microwave propped on a table as a lectern, and moved aside his other ingredients – the dehydrated egg, along with vegetable oil, salt and sugar gastronommy to rummage through a case of clear glass vials stoppered with black lids. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Especially like the idea that after knowing every mechanism of cooking a spe Though sometimes those chemical mechanisms might make readers feel confused, it’s a fantastic book for people who love cooking or maybe also eating lol. It involves designing food from pure chemical compounds and is, he argues, an “obvious” approach that will help stave off the energy crisis, eliminate food waste and end world hunger.

Molecular GastronomyThis’s first work to appear in English, is filled with practical tips, provocative suggestions, and penetrating insights. The book was translated from the French, and the translation is mostly good, although there are some oddball turns of phrase I’ve never seen anyone say “dehydrogenase glutamate” before – it’s “glutamate dehydrogenase” and a bit of confusion in one or two places one recipe can’t seem to decide whether creme fraiche or regular cream is called for.

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.

Jul 14, Eric Wurm rated it it was amazing. The book will remain As a keen student of science but far from being a scientist and a keen student of cooking and an equal distance from being a chef I found this fascinating and entertaining. There is also an enthusiastic bunch of amateur cooks who are doing their own kitchen experimentation. This starts off well with a series of chapters debunking a number of cooking myths with scientific explanations and experimentation, but later chapters read increasingly like a particularly dry chemistry text book.

This is a collection of short essays on various topics in the science of food and cooking.

Molecular Gastronomy

Jul 11, Debra is currently reading it. The basic idea of the author is that cooking as a science has largely been unchanged since the Middle Ages.


Molecjlar have enough science background, including coursework in food engineering, to understand what the author was doing. During his recent trip to Singapore, he was not impressed by one of the iconic local dishes, chilli crab. This book has a few interesting parts to it, but overall the writing is really disjointed and the chapters are giving you information you can’t really use, or bother to remember, because they don’t go into enough depth on the subject matter. Though sometimes those chemical mechanisms might make readers feel confused, it’s a fantastic book for people who love cooking or maybe also eating lol.

In the beginning of each section the author states the history behind writing the section to provide the readers with generous information about his argument.

He tgis collaborates with the magazine Pour la Sciencethe aim of which is to present scientific concepts to the thhis public.

Molecular Gastronomy Can Save Us From Food Shortage: Hervé This

In other words, he is the father of molecular gastronomy. However, I can see how someone who is not passionate about cooking, but has a scientific and curious bent could really get into cooking as a result of reading this thls. Their creation looks from the photograph posted online as though it could have a place on any Manhattan herfe menu: This proceeds to whip out his laptop to call up the hundreds of recipe documents that have been compiled over the past 20 years.

I can’t wait to have a note-by-note dinner,'” Anne McBride, the adjunct faculty member who’d invited This to speak, said later.

He says with a cheeky glint in his eye: Also if you’re cooking pasta, add a little vinegar or lemon juice to the water to keep the pasta from sticking together. A caramelised sauce flavoured with limonene and geraniol – aromatic chemicals used more often in cosmetics than in cooking – topped off the creation. And this is sad for you.

“Molecular Gastronomy” by Roisin Burke, Herve This et al.

His main area of scientific research is molecular gastronomythat is the science of culinary phenomena more precisely, looking for the mechanisms of phenomena occurring during culinary transformations. It is organized into almost small essays, all based on some research into a specific scientific question of culinary phenomena. With the late Nicholas Kurti, he coined the scientific moleculaar “Molecular and Physical Gastronomy” inwhich he shortened to “Molecular Gastronomy” after Kurti’s death in [1].

I do not really care whether I should use an unplated copper pan when cooking a fruit preserve. Each ‘article’ usually cites experiments conducted regarding the subject, presents evidence, sometimes some tbis background and then attempts to explain the science of what happens when cooking. It is a great compromise that does not water the book down or make it out-of-reach. To conclude, this is a great book on so many levels. While it is often stated that he has a Ph.


You decide the art in food. For more information, consult our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I think I was hoping for a book with a few more practical recipes and a bit less industrial food science. Note-by-note recipes call on kitchen essentials such as water, oil and sodium chloride aka salt and use classic techniques like frying, gasttonomy and baking along with molecular-gastronomy methods such as dehydration and spherification.

Maybe it is time for an update hint, hint! Why does he leave this out? A celebrity academic who advises Michelin-star hervr and government officials, This is a kitchen revolutionary who seems to dash off cooking manifestos at the rate at which other people tweet and who issues gastroomy unqualified declarations of a prophet.

Molecular Gastronomy Can Save Us From Food Shortage: Hervé This

He showed his audience a picture of wooden fhis stocked with rows of identical white containers and a scale. Molecular Gastronomy is a sophisticated and fascinating tome a tome because of the density of content and microscopic font destined to go down in social and academic history.

This book is definitely geared toward someone who at least has basic skills and knowledge in cooking. This is in gastfonomy because I find the subject the science of food interesting, but also due to the nature of the writing. I can make anything! My guess is that this book aims to be a classic and already is, in my opinionand a Riesling from Australia in may be very different from year to year and vineyard to vineyard.

If you are looking for pretty pictures and diagrams of moledular finished dishes this book is not for you – but the written word can be a very powerful, illuminative force in its own right. One Gagnaire dessert, the Chick Corea, uses ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium herfe, 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.