Joanne Chang is a food celebrity around these parts. She’s the owner of Flour Bakery, which originally started in the South End of Boston, and then opened up branches at Fort Point Channel (Boston) and Central Square (Cambridge). She’s been on the food show “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” (Chang’s sticky buns won against Flay’s). She’s married to Christopher Myers, and together they own the restaurant Myers+Chang. She’s written a cookbook, aptly named “Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery+Cafe” and I believe she’s finishing up Flour cookbook #2.
I’m not a 100% sure, but I think she’s spoken at Harvard before. She’s just never spoken at the SEAS public lectures until now.
But, let’s back up and bit and talk about the amusing, hilarious brilliance that is Professor Mike Brenner’s “Bakery Phase Diagrams.”
This is what happens when a mathematician decides to plot a recipe by way of ingredient ratios.