Over the past decades there has been a plethora of new books written about food and science, starting with On Food and Cooking, then more recently Modernist Cuisine, Cooking for Geeks, and The Science of Good Cooking, among others. However, all of these books lack the quantitative framework necessary for a college science curriculum. This textbook fills in the gaps, to show how a visual and quantitative way of thinking can be applied to a wide range of culinary examples, as a way to teach concepts in the physical sciences.


This section shows a range of food and techniques that combine concepts from multiple topic in the physical sciences. You will see how to apply the skills from the outline to understand the reasons behind recipes, and potentially create new ones.

This is an early prototype developed by Naveen Sinha and is still under development. If you have any feedback, send him an e-mail.

This website was made possible thanks to the efforts of numerous people including: Prof. David Weitz, Prof. Michael Brenner, Prof. Amy Rowat, Prof. Otger Campas, Christina Andujar, Daniel Rosenberg, Ferran Adria, Pere Castelles, Héloïse Vilaseca, Harold McGee, John McGee, Pia Sörensen, Aileen Li, Jason Doo, Geoff Lukas, Johnny Siever, Eli Feldman, Lily Robles and Julia Frenkle-Kunelius, Dan Souza, Rolando Robledo, Phil Desenne, and many others.