Learn more about cooking’s key ingredient: science

Whether it’s how you make that perfect soufflé or detect a hint of vanilla in your coffee, knowing more about the physics and chemistry of food may just let you be more creative in the kitchen—and enjoy food more.

To guide people on this gastronomic journey, a biochemist turned pastry chef, a coffee expert and ABC TV’s ‘surfing scientist’ are running public shows and workshops featuring food and science in Sydney next week.

They are also happy to share their love of food and chemistry with the media. See below for details and interview contacts.

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Listen to the sound of food

For World Listening Day we’re inviting people to slow down and listen to the sound of food.

The sizzle of frying pan, the rattle of the saucepan, the splash of wine poured into a glass, the muted tones of serious discussion over a menu, the animated conversation and laughter of al fresco diners, the bustle of the market stall, and the yell of order or sale. Food is much more than taste, smell and sight. Sound is an integral part of the experience, whether it be a family gathered around the kitchen table, an elderly person shopping at the market, or a well-dressed young couple eating in a high class restaurant. As hearing deteriorates, the gastronomic experience loses some of its fizz. [continue reading…]

Can we feed nine billion people by 2050?

IUPAC Plenary Six and Seven, Wednesday 9:45am

Chris Leaver, University of Oxford

The world’s population has more than doubled in the past 50 years and the relative abundance of food has kept pace, with the poorest benefiting most. Yet one billion people are malnourished and live below the poverty line.

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Potato flakes for breakfast?

RACI Symposium – Cereals & Disease Prevention, Tuesday 4:30pm

Paul MacLean, University of Colorado

Resistant starch could transform our breakfasts, our gut health and help us lose weight.

Paul MacLean has shown that replacing simple sugars and digestible starch with starch that is resistant to digestion in the small intestine can have big consequences.

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