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Created in 1988 by Nicholas Kurti and Hervé This, the scientific discipline called "molecular gastronomy" is looking for the mechanisms of phenomena occurring during culinary processes:

- the soufflé is expanding... why ?

- the meat turns brown when heated in the frying pan... why?

- the egg white is yellow, liquid and transparent when raw, but it turns white, opaque and solid when cooked... why?

- carrots sometimes don't soften when cooked... why?

- it happed that jams don't jellify... why ?

Such phenomena are by tens of thousands. Molecular gastronomy is trying to understand, to explain.

Please don't confuse it with "molecular cooking", which is a culinary technique based on using "new" tools, or with "molecular cuisine", which is a culinary trend based on these new techniques.

 

Created in 1988 by Nicholas Kurti and Hervé This, the scientific discipline called "molecular gastronomy" is looking for the mechanisms of phenomena occurring during culinary processes:

- the soufflé is expanding... why ?

- the meat turns brown when heated in the frying pan... why?

- the egg white is yellow, liquid and transparent when raw, but it turns white, opaque and solid when cooked... why?

- carrots sometimes don't soften when cooked... why?

- it happed that jams don't jellify... why ?

Such phenomena are by tens of thousands. Molecular gastronomy is trying to understand, to explain.

Please don't confuse it with "molecular cooking", which is a culinary technique based on using "new" tools, or with "molecular cuisine", which is a culinary trend based on these new techniques.

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About salt in soup

 
 
Published on 07/22/2017

A late three star wrote:

"You should salt soups, stocks, broths at the beginning of cooking, and not in the end, because they would have an acrid flavour".

But before discussing this question, let's observe that the English word "soup" is wrong, because a soup is indeed a loaf of bread, on which a broth, a stock or a potage was added.

Let's also add that salty, acrid and bitter are not the same. Salty is a taste, as bitter, but acrid is probably due to the trigeminal nerve, a sensorial system fo...