We like to challenge ourselves in the everyday of our lives. We like to push ourselves to do the best work we can, to visit new places, to try out new experiences. Often, though, what we eat is left by the wayside in the pursuit of these goals. Boring, easy, and quick meals fill those short gaps of time we have left as we move from our work lives to our social lives to our personal time, and this is entirely understandable.
However, for those of us looking to challenge, improve, and push the boundaries of what we want from life, the food we eat and the tastes we experience should be no different. Through a styles of cooking like Modernist Cuisine (also known as molecular gastronomy, multi-sensory cooking, culinary physics or experimental cuisine), we’re now more than ever able to achieve this goal.
What is Modernist Cuisine?
Modernist cuisine is a reaction to types of cooking that focus on mass market food preparation. It emerged from a scientific approach to understanding cooking at home as well as at restaurants. It has been championed by top chefs like Heston Blumenthal – though he dislikes the name Molecular gastronomy as he believes it gives across an impression of modern cooking being ‘complicated’ and ‘elitist’.
What Modernist Cuisine really comes down to exploring existing recipes, and then trying to introduce new tools, ingredients and methods to develop them into new and exciting dishes. Through this, chefs and people cooking at home want to help inform the general public about the science of food and how that contributes to our everyday lives.
How can I try it at home?
There are many different ways you can begin to experiment with Modernist Cuisine. It can be small things like trying to lean how different tastes work and interact with each other by reading great articles like ‘Learn to Make Any Dish You Cook Better with the Science of Taste’ from the website Lifehacker.
Here at IWOOT, we have a great selection of products from the brand Molecule-R to help you experiment at home. These include a terrific hard-cover cookbook that details the science behind 40 spectacular recipes and help you transform your kitchen into your own scientific taste lab.
Alongside the cookbook they also have the fascinating Aroma R-Evolution Kit which we showcased at our latest blogger event. This kit allows you to experiment with the affect of smell on how you taste things. It contains 21 selected aromas and 4 ‘aromaforks’ to allow you to try and combine various smells and flavours. Add a strawberry smell to your chocolate and be amazed at how it changes how it tastes in your mouth immediately.
Whichever way you decide to experiment with your food, learning about the science of food with modern cuisine is great way to stay fit and healthy. Knowing exactly what you’re putting in yourself means you’ll be better able to manage things like your circadian rhythms and energy levels, among many more benefits.
For more information about the products in this article, take a look at our Molecule-R page now.