The Harmonious Ecosystem That You Destroy To Make Bread 

A loaf of bread isn't fluffed up by chemistry alone. It's slowly built up by colonies of yeast, which you heartlessly extinguish when you bake the dough in the oven. There's an ecosystem in every loaf, and a special kind of loaf, sourdough, is built by a special kind of ecology. » 2/23/15 6:20am 2/23/15 6:20am

Try An Oil Alternative for Tastier (or at Least Different) Brownies

Whether you make brownies in the microwave, waffle iron or the oven, they're always a treat. If you're looking for a different recipe, try swapping out the oil without changing the flavor too much. » 12/22/14 3:03am 12/22/14 3:03am

Watch An Awesome Commercial Featuring an Instant Shrimp Frying Gun

Apparently, this is a commercial from NTT Docomo to promote the speed of its new LTE network. Maybe in Japan, the effect is different, but I don't want a cell phone now. I want a shrimp gun. » 11/30/14 9:01pm 11/30/14 9:01pm

The Best Turkey Frying Disasters On The Internet

It's Thanksgiving, which means it's time to be thankful for morons who attempt to fry their own turkeys. Here they are: The very best of the biggest Turkey Fryer Fails we found on the internet. Be safe! » 11/27/14 8:00am 11/27/14 8:00am

Ask All Your Questions About The Chemistry Of Cooking!

What happens to a turkey when you deep fry it and why does pie crust need to be kept so cold? Just in time for Thanksgiving, Guy Crosby, the science editor for America's Test Kitchen, is here to take all of our questions about what science tells us about how to prepare a meal. » 11/25/14 9:25am 11/25/14 9:25am

Pick the Best Sweetener for a Perfect Batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recently we highlighted how to bake chocolate chip cookies to your standard of perfection. Besides adjusting the amount of ingredients such as flour or baking soda, the type of sugar you use in your cookies can make a big difference in flavor and texture too. » 7/03/14 4:00am 7/03/14 4:00am

Why Washing Raw Chicken Could Be Hazardous To Your Health

Some two-fifths of people wash raw chicken in preparation for cooking. But health experts say the practice could cause more harm than good. » 6/16/14 3:20pm 6/16/14 3:20pm

An Engineering Approach That Makes Turkey Frying a Bit Less Dangerous

Outdoor frying is notoriously dangerous business, mostly due to the precarious combination of fire and propane tanks with moist food and large volumes of scalding hot oil. Here, food expert Alton Brown shows you how to build a free-standing "fry derrick" so as to avoid injury or, worse yet, making a fool of yourself… » 6/12/14 11:40am 6/12/14 11:40am

What Happens When You Cook French Fries in Space

Space is full of mysteries, but one in particular has been weighing on our minds lately: How's the food up there? We're taking a look at how space meals get made, the best astronaut food hacks, and the experiment that showed just where the best french fries in the galaxy would really be found. » 4/24/14 10:10am 4/24/14 10:10am

The Best Turkey Frying Disasters on the Internet

It's Thanksgiving — which means it's time to be thankful for morons who attempt to fry their own turkeys. Here it is: The very best of the biggest Turkey Fryer Fails we found on the internet. Be safe! » 11/27/13 11:32am 11/27/13 11:32am

Ask a Chef All of Your Pre-Thanksgiving Food Questions!

Merrill Stubbs is a chef and food writer, and she's here today to answer all of our Thanksgiving questions about food, recipes, and the all the best things to fill your table up with this year. » 11/27/13 8:45am 11/27/13 8:45am

You can use your cheapo coffee machine to cook after the apocalypse

Here's a clever piece of post-apocalyptic kit. You know that clunky drip-coffee maker you scored for like five bucks at your neighbor's yard sale? Turns out it's actually a pretty serious all-in-one culinary wonder machine – provided you know how to use it. » 11/18/13 4:30pm 11/18/13 4:30pm

Archaeologists discover ancient spice in 6,000-year-old pot

By analyzing the contents of an ancient pot, archaeologists have shown that that neolithic chefs prepared their food with a bit of spice — and a delicious one at that. » 8/22/13 1:40pm 8/22/13 1:40pm

For the Weekend: How to Bake a Planetary Structural Layer Cake

You're looking at the geo-culinary creation of self-taught chef Rhiannon, showrunner of the mouthwatering baking blog Cakecrumbs. Her latest creation? This scientifically accurate structural layer cake of Jupiter. » 8/02/13 8:40am 8/02/13 8:40am

Top 10 Ways to Perfect Your Daily Routine with the Power of Science

Science is awesome. It explains how birds can fly, why the sky is blue, and how gravity works. However, you can also use science to perfect the tiny details of your everyday life—from sleeping better to working smarter and even cooking better food. Here are 10 ways sciences teaches us how to improve our daily lives. » 7/20/13 3:17pm 7/20/13 3:17pm

I ate fried caterpillars—and so can you

This past week, I decided to try my hand at cooking a new meat: caterpillar. To my surprise, I found the caterpillars in question, waxworms, easy to cook and quite tasty. If you've been thinking about trying bug-eating yourself, this is a project you can try at home. » 6/09/13 3:00pm 6/09/13 3:00pm