Podcasts never tasted so good!
This episode is a culinary adventure as Jon, Ross and Stu sample some very weird food combinations – all in the name of testing out the science of ‘food pairing’. It’s hilarious and could just change the way you cook forever. Also on the menu, Animal Guru, Artem Cheprasov, considers how to get a decent education without a lifetime of debt. Our surveys say that this week’s episode is better than chocolate.
The Science of Food Pairing
Researcher Yong-Yeol Ahn and colleagues catalogue the flavour compounds in many different foods. The foods that shared lots of flavour compounds seem to taste great when eaten together (e.g. scallops and pancetta). This research revealed some unexpected potential food combinations – Oyster and passion fruit, or coffee and garlic, anyone?
The editorial team decide to try some of these unusual combinations: beetroot and fried bacon, ginger and yellow pepper and a combination of things that you never thought would go with tomato ketchup…
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“Flavor Network and the Principles of Food Pairing,” by Yong-Yeol Ahn, Sebastian E. Ahnert, James P. Bagrow and Albert-László Barabási, in Scientific Reports, Vol. 1, Article No. 196; December 15, 2011.
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