Hot sauce with chili and bananas? Using science to discover

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Hot sauce with chili and bananas? Using science to discover

Postby Sunbeam » Sun May 13, 2018 2:01 am

So, I heard this segment on CBC's "The Current" earlier this week (May 7, 2018):
Hot sauce with chili and bananas? Using science to discover surprising food pairings

Fascinating stuff -- a chef uses a molecular database of Volatile (Aromatic) Compounds in food, and taps in to IBM's Watson supercomputer to predict flavour matches and combinations of food items which would just never occur to your average cook/chef...

magical combinations like...
bananas + Chili peppers
strawberries + mushrooms + chicken
Blueberries + horseradish
Apples + olive oil (a better match than butter !?!)
Tomato + coconut

just to give an idea

Here's the podcast of the CBC interview with chef/author James Briscione
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podc ... 180507.mp3

His latest book about this is called "The Flavor Matrix", available from, of course, amazon.com.

Here are a couple of reviews of the book, with more background:
https://www.wired.com/story/the-flavor-matrix/
https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-54480-996-3
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