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Harvard's Science & Cooking

12/22/2010 02:18:00 AM
Looks like my hours and hours of internet surfing today has paid off quite nicely.  I stumbled upon Harvard's youtube channel and they have a bunch of lectures posted from their Science & Cooking series.  If you'll recall a while ago I blogged about Ferran Adria closed down El Bulli and then came to Harvard to teach a course - he's in the first video ... or at least I think he is, I've only just started watching it. 

FYI, these lectures are long.  A least an hour each,  and there are 12 lectures.  It's going to take take me a while but I'm going to watch them all.

This public lecture series discusses concepts from the physical sciences that underpin both everyday cooking and haute cuisine. Each lecture features a world-class chef who visited and presented their remarkable culinary designs: Ferran Adria presented spherification; Jose Andres discussed both the basic components of food and gelation; Joan Roca demonstrated sous vide; Enric Rovira showed his chocolate delicacies; Wylie Dufresne presented inventions with transglutaminase. The lectures then use these culinary creations as inspiration to delve into understanding how and why cooking techniques and recipes work, focusing on the physical transformations of foods and material properties.

Click (here) to watch the videos.

PS.  As soon as I get settled I'm building a makeshift sous vide cooker out of a crockpot, extension cord, and thermostatic controller.  There's instructions online if anyone else is interested.

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4 Response to "Harvard's Science & Cooking"

  1. Frank Hsu Said,

    We support students in their sous vide endeavor. Just let us klnow what you need.

    Posted on 12/22/10, 5:55 PM

  2. maisie mitchell Said,

    I have watched several of these lectures definitely worthwhile

    Posted on 12/22/10, 6:33 PM

  3. Beantown Bloggery Said,

    Hi Frank,

    Thanks for the offer. Anything that you could would be willing to set me up with would be amazing. I've always wanted to learn more about sous vide after eating at Alinea - had the most amazing piece of kobe beef cooked sous vide.

    Email me at if you'd like to talk more.


    Beantown Bloggery

    Posted on 12/24/10, 12:20 AM

  4. Beantown Bloggery Said,

    To Maisie,

    I think I know what I'm going to be watching during the holiday downtime when everything else is on reruns.


    Posted on 12/24/10, 12:20 AM


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