Tonight, Jack Bishop and Dan Souza came to visit Harvard from America’s Test Kitchen. The general topic was the “Science of Good Cooking” (which is also the title of their latest cookbook).
Jack started off talking about the pitfalls of home cooking. Just looking at the recipe for Toll House chocolate chip cookies, there are 40 different variables that will determine your results. Variables like the amount of protein in the flour, the brand of vanilla, the oven rack position, and what tool you use to cream butter and sugar. The variables can be categorized as 1) ingredient variables, 2) equipment variables, and 3) technique variables.