The Science of Smell

April 17, 2020

 Why do foods smell the way that they do? A would-be chef goes on a quest to find out, after she loses the ability to smell. Molly Birnbaum, editor of America’s Test Kitchen Kids and host of the podcast, Mystery Recipe, navigates us through the olfactory organs and the startling chemistry of food. Join us to discover the science of smell, and how your nose helps you cook and taste.

 

HOW DO WE SMELL? 

 

You might take your sense of smell for granted. But it's tied to so many other parts of our experience of the world.

 

This TED-ed video is a great primer:

 

If you're really into smell, here's a conversation about smell from the World Science Festival. 

 

There's lots going on in the world of smell science! Here's a few articles on new research: 

 

How We Are Wired for Smell - Scientific American

 

Human Nose Can Detect a Trillion Smells - Science Magazine

 

Have Coronavirus and Can't Smell? Harvard Scientists Explain Why - Bloomberg

 

COOKING WITH CHEMISTRY!

 

The American Chemical Society has a great website of resources about all the chemistry that's present in food. 

 

Food and Cooking Chemistry (website)

 

PODCAST: MYSTERY RECIPE

 

Molly is the host of a new podcast from America's Test Kitchen Kids called Mystery Recipe

 

Mystery Recipe helps kids AND their grown-ups uncover the fun, fantastical, and fascinating sides of food. Each ingredient-themed episode builds to a grand finale: a mystery recipe cook-along. Get excited about cooking (and eating) by digging into the deliciously silly and unexpectedly educational. Hosted by Molly Birnbaum. A production of America's Test Kitchen Kids.

 

 

 

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