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Molecular gastronomy at Maker Faire Bay Area

Molecular gastronomy at Maker Faire Bay Area

In MAKE Volume 14, Michael Zbyszynski showed us how to really geek out in the kitchen by introducing us to molecular gastronomy, a movement happening in the culinary world. As he describes it, “Essentially, it involves applying scientific techniques and methodologies to the cooking process. One of the more interesting techniques is the use of common substances to control the texture of foods, often in surprising ways. You don’t need a chemistry lab to pull off such effects. With a few inexpensive tools and chemicals, it’s possible to use spherification to make all kinds of ‘caviar’ (and other shapes) in your own kitchen.” Michael showed us how to make a “spherical array” (that’s Michael pictured above in his kitchen with the array he made) that enables you to quickly make many pieces of caviar. He also shared a recipe to make juice caviar and incorporate it into molecular mojitos! The method isolates the cocktail’s ingredients into individual caviars, each with its own distinct color and flavor. The drink flavors come together on the tongue. Here’s a closeup of the spherical array:


And here’s the molecular mojito:


Michael is joining us again this year at Maker Faire Bay Area on May30th and 31st in San Mateo, Calif. Come on out and meet him, and watch his live molecular gastronomy demonstrations!


10 thoughts on “Molecular gastronomy at Maker Faire Bay Area

  1. Wendy says:

    The caviar looks great and all that, but what really intrigues me is….are those magnetic spice containers on his fridge? Those are FABULOUS! Where do I get some of those?

    1. brian says:

      They could be Grundtal containers from Ikea:

      1. mikezed says:

        I got them at bed, bath, and beyond. They’re only a couple of bucks each.

  2. Ben Johnson says:

    Check out the UK’s Heston Blumenthal for all sorts of stuff like this-he has an experimental kitchen attached to his restaurant, check out his wiki:

  3. says:

    The do it yourself fake caviar maker is an excellent idea that some poeple experimented on our forum
    This device really works and is an interesting alternative to the famous Caviar Box of 100% chef. Some people where “fighting” to determine which solution was the more efficient. This why we made a test of the 100% chef caviar box vs Addélice Box. You can watch the video on youtube here

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