Food and the Senses: a culinary journey

Author Diane Fresquez spent a year investigating the link between taste and memory, trying to uncover the secrets of flavour and sensory science. She joins Michael Williams to recount her culinary journey. Along the way she met scientists who create flavours, learnt how what breast feeding mothers eat influences the tastes of their children and […]

Top Chefs’ Luxe Menu Propels Brussels’ Vintage Tram

Brussels has one of the largest tram networks in the world, but there’s one tram ride in the city where it’s not the journey, nor the destination that pleases — it’s the food. To paraphrase the Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte, “This is not a Tram.” Indeed, this is not a restaurant, either — this is the […]

Hello, Stranger: Welcoming Travelers To Your Table

  With Europe on edge after the bombings in Paris, it is good to be reminded of the joy of sharing a meal with strangers. But what happens when you don’t know anyone at a dinner party, not even the host? During a recent evening in Brussels, I rang the doorbell of a complete stranger’s […]

The Family Meal: What Brings Us Together?

Part of what makes eating together so pleasurable, in any language or culture, is the conversation. But when London-based photographer Chris Terry was in Niger photographing an ordinary family enjoying a spaghetti dinner, he was surprised that no one spoke. “It’s a great privilege to have food to eat,” explained the grandmother, the head of […]

Comfort Food v. Surprise!

  What’s your favourite comfort food? Tweet your answers, and photos if you have them, @DianeFresquez for the upcoming event, “Surprisingly Comforting,” February 11, 2015, at Nottingham Trent University. Read more here.  

Bee Wine Launched in Brussels with the Help of Science

Xavier Rennotte, a Belgian beekeeper, was obsessed with recreating the flavor of his first boyhood taste of mead, known as hydromel (“honey water”) in French. And so he used science to track down this fleeting, Proustian taste from his childhood in the Belgian countryside. Read more in Zester Daily, an award-winning online destination for food, wine […]

A Spoonful of Curiosity

It’s all about the salsa! A foodie-friendly Book Review in the November 2014 issue of Nature Chemistry. Click to read.

“A Gentle and Charming Introduction to the World of Food Science.”

Read the book review, “An enchanting personal tale on the relationship between food and memories, with some interesting and accessible science on the side” by Rebecca Ingle, on Shot of Science, the new on-line magazine of the popular, international science festival, Pint of Science.

Beer & Science Taste Best in the Morning

Watch “From Beer Came the pH Scale” filmed by Videnskab in the Media Tent of Science in the City, ESOF 2014, June 23, 2014.

“From Beer Came the pH Scale” June 23, Copenhagen

The pH scale is used all over the globe in education, research and industry—and it was developed by Soren Sorensen at the Carlsberg lab in 1909! Let’s celebrate the remarkable story of the pH scale during a lively, hands-on Q&A with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wendland, of the Carlsberg Laboratory: Monday, June 23, 10am, Science in […]