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“Reflections on Three Decades of Science in the Kitchen": An Evening with Harold McGee

Wednesday 1st October, 6:30-8:30 PM

Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London


2014 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Harold McGee’s seminal work, On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, a book that ‘became a standard reference, the book to which food lovers and professional chefs worldwide turn for an understanding of where our foods come from, what exactly they’re made of, and how cooking transforms them into something new and delicious. And [along the way] it contributed to the rise of the modern experimental approach to cooking.’


This seminar will provide an opportunity to hear about the rebirth of kitchen science beginning with Nicholas Kurti in the 1960s, how in the 2000s it became so fashionable, and--thanks to being fashionable--not necessarily reliable. We’ll also have ample opportunity for questions and discussion at the end.


About the speaker:


Harold McGee writes about the chemistry of food and cooking. Educated at the California Institute of Technology and Yale University, he left academe to write the 680-page classic On Food & Cooking, which has since become the go-to reference for serious cooks and chefs the world over and helped to instigate the molecular gastronomy movement. His other books include The Curious Cook: More Kitchen Science and Lore and the practical kitchen handbook Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes. He has also contributed to numerous journals and popular publications, including Nature, the New York Times, The Art of EatingFood & WineFine Cooking, and Physics Today. He has taught at the French Culinary Institute in New York, and lectured about food chemistry at the Culinary Institute of America, the MAD Symposium, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Chemical Society.




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