Harvard's Science + Cooking Lecture Series Debuts Tonight, With More Seats

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So hopefully it'll be a tiny bit easier to snag a spot! Talks will be held at the Harvard Science Center at 1 Oxford Street in Cambridge, beginning at 7 p.m. We recommend arriving well in advance, even though this year's lecture hall is larger. (Of course, if you can't manage to get in, don't despair: Videos of past talks are available on iTunes and YouTube.) On Food and Cooking's Harold McGee kicks off the series this evening alongside Cooking Issues' Dave Arnold. Feast your eyes on the full line-up ahead, and remember that the final lecture, featuring El Bulli's Ferran Adrià, requires that you purchase tix in advance.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Historical Context and Demos Illustrating the Relationship of Food and Science

* Speakers: Dave Arnold (Food Arts magazine's Contributing Editor for Equipment & Food Science), Harold McGee (author of On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen and columnist for The New York Times) and David Weitz (Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics at Harvard)
* Location: Science Center C

Monday, September 12, 2011
Precision cooking: enabling new textures and flavors

* Speaker: Joan Roca (El Celler de Can Roca)
* Location: Science Center C

Monday, September 19, 2011
The Many Faces of Chocolate

* Speaker: Ramon Morató (Aula Chocovic)
* Location: Science Center C

Monday, September 26, 2011
Exploring thickeners to manipulate mouthfeel

* Speaker: Carles Tejedor (Via Veneto), Fina Puigdevall and Pere Planagumà (les Coles)
* Location: Science Center C

Monday, October 3, 2011
Food Texture and Mouth Feel

* Speaker: Grant Achatz (Alinea)
* Location: Science Center C

Monday, October 10, 2011
Gelation

* Speaker: José Andrés (ThinkFoodGroup, minibar, Jaleo)
* Location: Science Center B

Monday, October 17, 2011
Mixing the Unmixable

* Speaker: Nandu Jubany (Can Jubany) and Carles Gaig (Fonda Gaig)
* Location: Science Center C

Monday, October 24, 2011
Proteins & Enzymes: Transglutaminase

* Speaker: Wylie Dufresne (wd~50)
* Location: Science Center D

Monday, October 31, 2011
Playing with Taste through Browning

* Speaker: Carme Ruscalleda (Sant Pau, Sant Pau de Tòquio)
* Location: Science Center C

Monday, November 7, 2011
Molecular Differences Between Production Methods

* Speaker: Dan Barber (Blue Hill)
* Location: Science Center C

Monday, November 14, 2011
Food Microbiology: An Overlooked Frontier

* Speaker: David Chang (momofuku)
* Location: Science Center C

Monday, November 21, 2011
Science in the Kitchen

* Speaker: Nathan Myhrvold (former Microsoft CTO; co-founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures; and author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking)
* Location: Science Center C

Monday, November 28, 2011
Lip Smackin' Science: Crystals, Emulsions, Foams, and Pink Vanilla Cupcakes

* Speaker: Bill Yosses (White House)
* Location: Science Center C

Sunday, December 4, 2011
The New Culinary Think Tank - el bulli 2.0

* Speaker: Ferran Adrià (elBulli)
* Tickets Required: Tickets will be available at the Harvard Box Office on Tuesday, November 29th
* Location: Science Center B

Science & Cooking Public Lectures [Harvard]