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  1. Steve Silberman
    Oct 29 - 11:53 am

    My husband has a PhD in chemical engineering. And, from the very first complicated dish he tried making — homemade sea-bass ravioli! — he is an utterly *awesome* cook. He attributes this talent to his training in the lab.

  2. JaySeeDub
    Oct 29 - 12:20 pm

    Well, you don’t have to go to culinary school…

    And the rise of places like The Fat Duck, El Bulli and Alinea already showcase a “less traditional” applucation of physics and chemistry in the kitchen.

  3. James
    Oct 29 - 10:42 pm

    Squirt bottles – the friends of chemists and line cooks alike.

    Ever checked out “What’s Cooking in Chemistry?” I thought it was a great idea – get the favorite recipes of prominent organic chemists. I’ve been meaning to try Dave Evans’ “Lonely Soup”

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  5. Leigh Krietsch Boerner
    Oct 30 - 9:20 am

    @JaySeeDub I agree that you don’t have to go to culinary school. You’ll see why in the followup post.

    @James, no I hadn’t seen that. Thanks for the tip!

  6. Chemjobber
    Oct 30 - 10:51 am

    @James, @Leigh: It IS a pretty nice book. I personally enjoyed the diagram for lasagna from an Italian group.

  7. Matt
    Nov 04 - 8:59 am

    Leigh and CJ … Great idea here. I think that I do more chemistry at home (over the stove) than I do in the lab these days. I think cooking can also be a great concepts in chemistry teaching tool as well (as evidenced by the very popular class at Harvard see here: ).

  8. [...] Cook. From Chemjobber’s previous post, it seems like the two professions do have some things in common. But is there any more to that? To [...]

  9. Philip Skinner
    Jul 01 - 12:57 pm

    Fun post.
    Interesting to run a poll of how many chemists also considered cooking as a career at some point?
    A good friend of mine, a soon to be ex chemist in San Diego, is setting up a cake business. The skills really are transferebale, at least going by how fantastic tasting her cakes are. Plus, she is one of the few bakers who does fun, science themed cookies and cupcakes – great for team meetings.

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