The Science of Gastronomy

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This course introduces a number of basic scientific principles underpinning the methodology of cooking, food preparation and the enjoyment of food. All topics covered have a strong basis in biology, chemistry, and physics application. Among others, they include the consumption of cooked food, the physiological and evolutionary implication of the senses, geographic and cultural influences on food, and the rationale behind food preparation. We will also discuss issues such as coupling of senses to improve sense stimulation; altering flavor by chemical means; and modification of the coloration to improve the appearance of dishes. Following the video demonstrations of the scientific principles of cooking, you will learn to recognize the key ingredients and their combinations for preparing good healthy food. At the end of this course, you will be able to: - appreciate the scientific basis of various recipes; - develop your own recipes by... This course introduces a number of basic scientific principles underpinning the methodology of cooking, food preparation and the enjoyment of food. All topics covered have a strong basis in biology, chemistry, and physics application. Among others, they include the consumption of cooked food, the physiological and evolutionary implication of the senses, geographic and cultural influences on food, and the rationale behind food preparation. We will also discuss issues such as coupling of senses to improve sense stimulation; altering flavor by chemical means; and modification of the coloration to improve the appearance of dishes. Following the video demonstrations of the scientific principles of cooking, you will learn to recognize the key ingredients and their combinations for preparing good healthy food. At the end of this course, you will be able to: - appreciate the scientific basis of various recipes; - develop your own recipes by integrating some of the scientific principles into new dishes; - recognize the influence of the material world on human perception from the different senses; - appreciate the art of integrating science into cooking and dining. Important Note: This course is not designed for people with special dietary needs such as vegetarian, diabetic, and gluten-free diets. If you feel uncomfortable with any part of the assignments or activities of this course, you can substitute some of the ingredients or ask friends and family members to help with the tasting of your assignments. Alternatively, you may skip that specific assignment provided that you have fulfilled all other qualifying requirement to pass the course. Course Overview video: https://youtu.be/H5vlaR0_X2I
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this course was informative.though i have joined this course to learn some cooking but there were very few demonstrations.but still it was a good experience. i have learnt many things
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1 month, 3 weeks ago
The lectures were too long and went into too much unnecessary detail that wasn’t useful to what they were trying to teach. I expected to see more cooking demonstrations and more useful experiments.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
5 months ago
The course was informative. it was more or less the way I imagined it to be. However the lecture videos were a bit too long and sometimes boring but overall it was good.This helped understand the concepts of gastronomy and it will be definitely be helpful for my future and the instructors were also interactive and helpful all along the way.Upon finishing it I had the general concepts and ideas about the science of gastronomy.
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6 months, 1 week ago
I didn't take this course to advance my career, but it was very helpful and interesting to me. Upon finishing it I have better understanding of the processes of cooking and tasting food.
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Valeria Fischetti

10/10 starsCompleted
6 months, 1 week ago
I think the course was really good, even if the first part was tougher for me, because I have not studied Chemestry before, and the second part was easier for me because the instructor was really understandble and I really enjoyed the course and the instructors. Thank you, thank you also the assistants!!!
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Paroma Kanjilal

10/10 starsCompleted
6 months, 1 week ago
The instructor is specific about the topic.Instructions given in the course were also very clearly mentioned.Thissubject helped me understand the concept of gastronomy.This will also help me in future.The practicals helped me to understand the topic more clearly.Assignments are also meant for better understanding.However final exam is Little tough but then overall taking this course is of worth.
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9 months, 1 week ago
Everything was excellent. It has an adequate structure, as well as ample material and modules explained adequately. The videos presented were very suitable, with practical and interesting examples. Each lesson had assignments according to the theory, and easy to perform.
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9 months, 1 week ago
Excellent course with excellent lectures and demonstrations, easy at the same time slightly complex. This course can be taken by both beginners in this field and also can serve as a refresher for teaching professionals in this field. The demonstrations are also very innovative and refreshingly simple and can be replicated in any kind of a classroom
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