Free Online Course on Science of Gastronomy

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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is offering free online course on Science of Gastronomy. This course is not designed for people with special dietary needs such as vegetarian, diabetic, and gluten-free diets.

This course introduces a number of basic scientific principles underpinning the methodology of cooking, food preparation and the enjoyment of food. The course will start on December 5, 2017.

Course At Glance

Effort: 3-4 hours/week
Subject: Biology
Institution: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Coursera
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on December 5, 2017

Providers’ Details

HKUST – A dynamic, international research university, in relentless pursuit of excellence, leading the advance of science and technology, and educating the new generation of front-runners for Asia and the world.

About This Course

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.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Requirements

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.

Instructors

King L. Chow, Professor
Division of Life Science

Lam Lung Yeung, Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At Coursera
  • Select a course and Join

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