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Below you will find some recent posts about the chemistry and physics of cooking.

11/17/2021

The Most Expensive Spice: Saffron

The Most Expensive Spice: Saffron. This blogpost explains why that is.
9/8/2021

The Ultimate Reference Manual

Looking For The Ultimate Reference Manual? Check out "McGee on Food and Cooking".
9/8/2021

What are Gluten?

Numerous people have an over-sensitivity (allergy) for gluten. But what are gluten exactly?
4/13/2021 Topics: Method

What is Au Bain Marie?

Whenever a recipe says "Au Bain Marie" you may feel you are on the right track to become a chef. But what is it exactly and why do we need this complicated method? Or can we bypass it with some simpler method?
3/18/2021

What is an Emulsion?

Emulsions are funny things. Most important: they change the texture of a mixture.
3/8/2021

What is Erythritol?

First of all, it is natural (despite it having an ominous sounding E number (E968). You will find it in plants, vegetables and fruit. Technically speaking, erythritol is a polyol or sugar alcohol.
1/18/2021

Taste and Smell as a Function of SSA

Taste and Smell depend - among many things - on the specific surface area (SSA) of the ingredients. This is a simple matter of geometry and physics!
12/17/2020

How much Alcohol in a Glass of Wine?

It is simple math to figure out how much alcohol a glass of wine contains, with a few variations.
12/8/2020

What are Calories?

We talk about how many calories a meal has. But what are calories, exactly?
10/12/2020

The Boiling Point of Water

The boiling point of water depends on several factors. Here are some, with their implications for cooking.
10/8/2020

Meat Temperatures

Many people go by their gut feeling - as I have done - when it comes to cooking their steak or rack of lamb rare, medium rare, medium or well-done. But you can be very precise and get the right result every time, if you follow the temperatures in the tables below.
10/7/2020 Topics: Chemistry Eggs

Boiling an Egg

What exactly happens when you boil an egg? How do you cook a perfect soft-boiled egg? And at which temperature does water boil?

Johan's Kitchen

Eating at home, maybe with friends, is always fun if you enjoy cooking.

The Chemistry of Food