Cooking and Science

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I've heard a lot of people that say cooking is a science. I've always thought of cooking as an art...a very tasting one.

Can someone explain to me how cooking is a science, and how it incorporates the scientific method?
 

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Gokul43201
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If you can, watch Alton Brown's show on Food Network.
 
Kerrie
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cooking is an art truly...once you get the feel of it, you just know what works and what doesn't.
 
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Dagenais said:
I've heard a lot of people that say cooking is a science. I've always thought of cooking as an art...a very tasting one.

Can someone explain to me how cooking is a science, and how it incorporates the scientific method?
You don't need science to learn and know how to cook. Just watch your mother do it. If Cooking is science, then mothers are the best scientists!
 
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Cooking is very scientific, it's just that when you cook, you don't think about it.

Mayonaise is an emulsification. It's a very common everyday item in the kitchen. Here's a more scientific explanation.

http://tooldoc.wncc.nevada.edu/mayo.htm [Broken]
 
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It's very much a science as well, albeit an applied science. You don't need to know the whys, just the hows.

Knowing the whys can make you a better cook.
 
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Gokul43201 said:
If you can, watch Alton Brown's show on Food Network.
I "LOVE" Alton Brown!!!!
 
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I think he's pretty amazing, too. Good Eats is a good watch !

Now that you think I'm a weirdo I'll just go and hide somewhere for a few days.
 
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Evo said:
Cooking is very scientific, it's just that when you cook, you don't think about it.

Mayonaise is an emulsification. It's a very common everyday item in the kitchen. Here's a more scientific explanation.

http://tooldoc.wncc.nevada.edu/mayo.htm [Broken]
Thanks for clearing that up with your link, evo. From now on I shall hold my mother firm as one of the best scientists. This woman just cooks so well.....sorry to tell the whole world about it!
 
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Chefs are intuitive chemists
 
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Cooking is the perfect joining of art and science! Good food has to both look good and taste good!
 
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Gokul43201 said:
Now that you think I'm a weirdo I'll just go and hide somewhere for a few days.
We're ALL weirdos...and PF is where we hide. :surprised :rofl: :rofl:
 
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Cooking is not a science per se, but if you've worked in a lab you'll see you're doing the same thing, except with cooking you get to taste the results :tongue:
 

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