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Kitchen hows and whys

(article, Culinate staff)

Foodies and science geeks take note: Harvard has released 42 hours' worth of food and cooking videos on YouTube. The footage, which comes from a community lecture series hosted by the School of Engineering and Applied Physics, is as much about science and math as it is about food.

It’s an unlikely pairing, but the combination is refreshing. The videos explore the mechanics of various culinary techniques such as browning, thickening, and emulsifying, among other topics. In a world where cooking shows rarely teach us to cook, it’s nice to find videos that explore why what we do in the kitchen actually works — and with the mathematical equations to prove it.

So if you’ve ever wanted to know about the physics behind baking the perfect molten chocolate cake, now's your chance. But be warned: It’s easy to get lost in the archives; we hope you don’t have plans for the weekend. Here's the first video:

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