It’s been a long while, so I decided it was high time to hang out in lecture hall C of Harvard’s Science Center for the opening lecture featuring Harold McGee and Dave Arnold last night. Overall reaction? I still have a nerd crush on Dave Arnold. He’s like a puppy when it comes to food science and related interests. How can anyone not like him?
Before the lecture started, the audience was handed plastic packets filled with sugar-related items.
I don’t eat a lot of sugar anymore!
I did not make it to the “Science of Cocktails.” Joe, a gracious reader, gave a really quick summary in his comment under a previous post called “lecture note.”
However, my sister (aka Stealth Eater) went! She is going to type up her notes and send them to me. I will post them as soon as they are in my inbox. (^_^)
Yes, I went to the lecture tonight, featuring Dan Barber.
Although his subject matter is very nerdy, I still find it very interesting and inspiring. I got home late so I’ll have to write up the summary tomorrow.
Other points of interest, youtube videos of this semester’s lectures are being posted – http://seas.harvard.edu/cooking
Harold McGee and Dave Arnold will be doing an additional lecture this Thursday at Jefferson 250, talking about the Science of Cocktails. You must register to get a seat (it is free though). Unfortunately, I was unable to write down the exact URL to register. I only remember that it was via surveymonkey. I will not be attending because I have class that night.
EDIT: Thanks to a reader, here’s the URL to register for a seat for Thursday.
1. I haven’t been cooking nearly as much as I wish I were.
2. I’ve been lazy about posting garden pictures even though I took the trouble to take photos. I guess there’s just not much to talk about at this time. I have a few more eggplants that are maturing, and my mom and I have a winter melon growing. Our tomatoes didn’t do so well, but that’s mostly our fault. My thyme and rosemary plants are happy, and my tarragon plant is a slow grower in the grand scheme of things. It’s been raining a lot the past three days, which is great for my newly installed rainbarrel (with huge thanks to my sister and her landscaper). My shiso plants are pretty awesome… too bad I don’t use enough of it.
3. The SEAS lectures started this week. I went to see Harold McGee and Dave Arnold. There’s not a lot to write about but I will summarize nevertheless! I meant to write last night and just clean forgot about it. I haven’t had to think about the lectures since last fall.
4. I have a lot of things going on this fall. Likely this will mean that I am going to be very selfish with my free time. I expect a lot of cooking and very little socialing. Good news for this blog, not so good news for my friends. lol!
EDIT! – The lecture has already been posted, so I guess I won’t write a full entry on it.
I missed Harold McGee last year, but I think he covers most of the same things – the history of cooking discoveries like pressure cooking, low temperature cooking, and haute cuisine. I highly suggest watching the parts with Dave Arnold. Harold McGee is like a favorite uncle while Dave Arnold is like the cousin you want to party and hang out with. Dave demonstrated several things: dragon’s beard candy, vodka infused with coffee, clarifying lime juice with agar agar, and a video on making a fish dish with meat glue to get wood grain looking designs.
Dave Arnold’s blog is fun to read as well… Lots of geeky food things going on.