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This course introduces a number of basic scientific principles underpinning the methodology of cooking, food preparation and the enjoyment of food. All topics covered have a strong basis in biology, chemistry, and physics application. Among others, they include the consumption of cooked food, the physiological and evolutionary implication of the senses, geographic and cultural influences on food, and the rationale behind food preparation. We will also discuss issues such as coupling of senses to improve sense stimulation; altering flavor by chemical means; and modification of the coloration to improve the appearance of dishes. Following the video demonstrations of the scientific principles of cooking, you will learn to recognize the key ingredients and their combinations for preparing good healthy food. At the end of this course, you will be able to: - appreciate the scientific basis of various recipes; - develop your own recipes by integrating some of the scientific principles into new dishes; - recognize the influence of the material world on human perception from the different senses; - appreciate the art of integrating science into cooking and dining. Important Note: This course is not designed for people with special dietary needs such as vegetarian, diabetic, and gluten-free diets. If you feel uncomfortable with any part of the assignments or activities of this course, you can substitute some of the ingredients or ask friends and family members to help with the tasting of your assignments. Alternatively, you may skip that specific assignment provided that you have fulfilled all other qualifying requirement to pass the course. Course Overview video: https://youtu.be/H5vlaR0_X2I...
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Suggested: 3-4 hours/week

Approx. 18 hours to complete
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Subtitles: English

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CookingChemistryFood ScienceNutrition
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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5 hours to complete

Orientation, Module 1 and Module 2

This week, we will focus on “Energy Transfer” and “Hunger and Satiety”. Before you start with the content for these modules, please watch the Course Overview, review the Grading Scheme, and read the Important Note on special dietary needs....
Reading
26 videos (Total 137 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video26 videos
1.0: Introduction8m
1.1: Energy Transfer - Topic Outlinem
1.2: What is energy?5m
1.3: How energy can be transferred through conduction?7m
1.4: Demonstration - Comparing heat capacity3m
1.5: Demonstration - Comparing heat conductance4m
1.6: How do we cook by convection?10m
1.7: Demonstration - Increasing boiling point with salt1m
1.8: Demonstration - Cooking medium and convection2m
1.9: Can radiation and phase transition be used in cooking?8m
1.10: Energy Transfer - Topic Summary1m
2.0: Hunger and Satiety - Topic Outline1m
2.1: Why do we need food?5m
2.2: How do I know that I am full or not?9m
2.3: How do I know that the food is good?9m
2.4: Demonstration – Can you see the differences?3m
2.5: Demonstration - Sound and texture - How does the experiment work?1m
2.5: Demonstration - Sound and texture - Let's hear other people's views1m
2.6: I love chocolate but I don’t want to keep eating it, why?8m
Assignment 1 - Instruction Video3m
Assignment 1 - Result Sharing5m
2.7: What factors can affect my choice of food?17m
Assignment 2 - Instruction Video3m
Assignment 2 - Result Sharing7m
2.8: Hunger and Satiety - Topic Summary2m
Reading5 readings
Grading Scheme10m
Important Note on Special Dietary Needs10m
2.5: Demonstration - Sound and texture - Now is your turn10m
Assignment 1 - Instruction10m
Assignment 2 - Instruction10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Pre-course survey38m
Assignment 1 – Submission22m
Assignment 2 – Submission4m

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Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Module 3 and Module 4

This week, we will talk about how flavor and aroma of food affects our perception of taste of food....
Reading
25 videos (Total 153 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video25 videos
3.1: It tastes good!11m
3.2: There are more than four basic tastes9m
3.3: Can we taste the “temperature”?14m
Assignment 3 – Instruction Video2m
Assignment 3 – Result Sharing2m
3.4: There are infinite possibilities with tastes13m
3.5: Demonstration – Sweetness suppresses bitterness4m
Assignment 4 – Instruction Video2m
Assignment 4 – Result Sharing3m
3.6: Why the ice-cream doesn’t taste as sweet when it is served after chocolate?10m
3.7: Demonstration – The cocoa tastes less bitter!2m
3.8: The Sense of Taste - Topic Summary1m
4.0: The Sense of Smell - Topic Outlinem
4.1: What are we smelling?9m
4.2: Demonstration – Factors affecting diffusion rate4m
4.3: How do I smell coffee?10m
4.4: Why do orange and lemon smell different?9m
4.5: Why can’t I taste the “strawberry”?11m
4.6: Demonstration – How does aroma affect our taste?4m
Assignment 5 – Instruction Video2m
Assignment 5 – Result Sharing1m
4.7: Smelling good makes it tastes better!14m
4.8: Demonstration – It is all about congruency!3m
4.9: The Sense of Smell - Topic Summary1m
Reading3 readings
Assignment 3 – Instruction10m
Assignment 4 – Instruction10m
Assignment 5 – Instruction10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Assignment 3 – Submission8m
Assignment 4 – Submission10m
Assignment 5 – Submission4m

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Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Module 5 and Module 6

This week, we will talk about how color and texture of food affects our perception of taste of food....
Reading
21 videos (Total 123 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video21 videos
5.1: Coloring food with a different taste6m
5.2: It is good to see red!13m
5.3: Why the pepper doesn’t look good?11m
5.4: Making it looks good, and it tastes good!9m
5.5: Demonstration - Can color affect our taste perception? - How does the experiment work?2m
5.5 Demonstration - Can color affect our taste perception? - Let's hear other people's views1m
5.6: Demonstration – The darker the color, the better it tastes?4m
5.7: The Sense of Sight - Topic Summary1m
6.0: The Sense of Touch - Topic Outlinem
6.1: How do we feel the texture in our mouth?13m
6.2: We can also feel pain and have self-awareness in our mouth!6m
6.3: Demonstration – Seeing with our mouth! Measurement4m
6.4: Demonstration – Seeing with our mouth! Feeling the shape9m
6.5: The more complicated the texture, the more we enjoy the food, why?10m
Assignment 6 – Instruction Video1m
Assignment 6 – Result Sharing3m
6.6: How can we control the texture of food?11m
Assignment 7 – Instruction Video2m
Assignment 7 – Result Sharing6m
6.7: The Sense of Touch - Topic Summary1m
Reading3 readings
5.5: Demonstration - Can color affect our taste perception? - Now is your turn10m
Assignment 6 – Instruction10m
Assignment 7 – Instruction10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Assignment 6 – Submission4m
Assignment 7 – Submission8m

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Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Module 7 and Module 8

This week, we will look at how fruits and vegetables can enhance the quality in cooking and to learn about the properties of meat....
Reading
17 videos (Total 126 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video17 videos
7.1: What gives the rigid texture to plants?9m
7.2: How can we manipulate the texture of plants?12m
7.3: What gives green color to plants?12m
7.4: Why some plants are not green in color?7m
7.5: Demonstration – Manipulating the color of red cabbage3m
7.6: Why does the apple turn brown?7m
7.7: Demonstration – What is the best way to prevent browning?5m
7.8: What are the prominent tastes in fruits and vegetables?8m
Assignment 8 – Instruction Video2m
Assignment 8 – Result Sharing4m
7.9: Fruits and Vegetables - Topic Summary1m
8.0: A Perfect Steak - Topic Outlinem
8.1: How to cook a perfect steak?4m
8.2: What are the components of meat?9m
8.3: Why fish muscles are different from that of mammals?17m
8.4: What else does a piece of meat contain?16m
Reading1 reading
Assignment 8 – Instruction10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Assignment 8 – Submission12m
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Top Reviews

By ASJul 8th 2018

Waiting for an extension to this course but at an advanced levelThis course is really valuable. It was presented in a simple and fun way I enjoyed studying with you thank you

By JANov 20th 2017

It was vary good gave me ideas on how to improve my cooking technique, and allowed me to use my imagination to make my dishes better!

Instructors

King L. Chow

Professor
Division of Life Science

Lam Lung Yeung

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry

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