Tag Archives: Harold McGee

Cocktails With Scents

Aroma is an important component of any worthwhile culinary experience. One cannot fully appreciate a meal without a sense of smell. Mandy Aftel, a Berkeley, California based perfumer and friend of such culinary luminaries as Daniel Patterson, Harold McGee, David […]

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Jamaica Cocktails

I was recently reading Harold McGee’s The Curious Cook column in the New York Times on cold infusions, and my eyes dilated when he mentioned a recipe from Maricel Presilla for making a cold infused Agua Fresca de Jamaica, the […]

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A Golden Dinner – The Alchemy of Taste and Smell

 
Alchemy - Definition from  Dictionary.com
1. a form of chemistry and speculative philosophy practiced inthe Middle Ages and the Renaissance
 and concerned principally with discovering methods for transmuting baser metals into gold and 
 with finding a universal solvent and an elixir of life.
2. any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a 
 substance of great value.

The Dinner at The Alchemy of Taste and Smell event at The Astor Center clearly did not live up to the first definition above. Try as many have, those goals remain elusive. […]

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Quick Pics From The Alchemy of Taste Dinner – “Action” Shots

An all-star cast cooking together, this one of a kind dinner was simply incredible. The food, the drink, the scents, the people, the vibe – all combined to create a simply unforgettable evening after an already unforgettable program. I […]

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Quick Pics From The Alchemy of Taste Night One

 
The opening of The Alchemy of Taste and Smell at New York City's Astor Center held only two events, but they were both of very high quality. The evening started with a presentation by one of the major figures of […]

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Madrid Fusión 2010

This time last year and the year before I was in Madrid attending the culinary wonderland known as Madrid Fusión. Unfortunately, this year I am unable to attend. Though shorter than previous years, the schedule looks exciting with presenters such […]

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Harold McGee and His Berries: An Addendum

It seems that in my recent post looking at Harold McGee's technique for delaying and diminishing berry mold, I made the situation a bit more complex then it seems it needs to be. In a personal communication, posted here with […]

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McGee’s Berries

Yesterday morning, my wife brought home some raspberries from the Glens Falls Farmers market. Given that they were undoubtedly picked the day before and it had been raining all night, it was no surprise to discover mold already encroaching on […]

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Madrid Fusión – Day Two – Watching History

While there was plenty of culinary history being made at the Congress, by late Tuesday afternoon, I and many other Americans at the Congress were interested in observing history of a different sort – the inauguration of the first black […]

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Madrid Fusion Day Two – Whither “Molecular Gastronomy?”

 The panel was moderated by José Carlos Capel and Juanma Bellver

Perhaps the biggest single most eagerly awaited discussion of the 2009 Madrid Fusión was that of the discussion between Ferran Adría, Heston Blumenthal, Andoni Luis Aduriz, Harold McGee and […]

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