A few words for the author

A Small Intro to Me

 

You probably already have seen greetings with my name in various locations of the page but It is appropriate to take some time and explain me; the author.

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So here I am, George. I am a food enthusiast for the last 15 years or so, as many of you I guess, (or else what would you be doing here) and therefore I enjoy food. I enjoy every aspect of food, making it, eating, learning the history and the science; both chemistry and physics that is involved to transform a pile of raw materials to a tasty wonderful dish. For the last one, I was greatly influenced by two things, Alton Brown, a great chef and TV personality, and my science. I was in the USA for nearly ten years for graduate studies. I got my PhD on Materials Science and Engineering. Food is nothing but materials and really the physics and chemistry behind making a new alloy and tempering chocolate is not that different. The science of the emulsion and microemulsion is not different from the science of salad dressing and espresso. Suddenly old Voodoo of recipes were just science.

 

I started the blog to convey my love for food and gastronomy. I wanted to add a new aspect to the world of food, primarily to chefs wannabes where I want to show that cooking well, is not a miracle but something, everyone can do. I am not a chef and yet I cook; you can do it to.

Although the website is something I love to maintain, it cannot have my full attention. I am also a researcher/teacher of Materials Science and Engineering. Until recently I was at the University of Florida, as a researcher and teaching a class of interfacial phenomena. This was probably one of the most influential elements in my understanding of food, science and food mechanics. Everything in food is about interfaces: emulsions, foams, sponges, bubbles, colloids.

My food fetish, if something like that can be said, are the spices. I think is the one thing that can travel you in space and time faster than everything else. Smell is the sense of memory and spices are waking it up as noting else. Over and over in this blog you will read about spices, their history, their uses, their meaning and their significance in the world history. It is the one commodity that changed the world. Spices drove Columbus around the world, thus discovering America, and the world was never the same.

 

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So I hope you enjoy this site of mine, feel free to contact e regarding questions, and till the next recipe, eat well.
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