Food Science #232

September 27, 2013

This episode was recorded when Science for the People was called Skeptically Speaking.

This week, we’re exploring the everyday experiments that take place in our very own kitchens. Desiree Schell speaks to Guy Crosby, Science Editor for America’s Test Kitchen, about his book “The Science of Good Cooking.” And geneticist and science writer Torah Kachur returns to the show, to take a scientifically informed look at the future of food.


  • Guy Crosby
  • Torah Kachur
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Guest Bios

Guy Crosby

Guy Crosby developed an early fascination with chemistry in high school, and with the help of his father he built a small laboratory in the basement of their home where he first experimented with the chemistry of food. He went on the obtain a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of New Hamshire, and a PhD in organic chemistry from Brown University. His expertise combines organic chemistry with food science, and he has worked within the food industry for over thirty years. He is a professional member of the American Chemical Society (44 years), institute of Food Technologists, and American Society for Nutrition. He is also an external advisor for the EcoGastronomy program at the University of New Hampshire. He is the co-author of the book The Science of Good Cooking.

Torah Kachur

As national science columnist for CBC Radio, Torah Kachur gets to share her passion for science each and every week. With topics ranging as far as male testicle size to how snowflakes form, her science knowledge is diverse and extensive. After completing a PhD from the University of Alberta, she became an expert in worm gonads and realizes this makes it awkward to talk to her about it. Science is one of her passions, but traveling the world, playing sports and teaching rounds out the never-resting science personality. For a girl aiming to make geek chic, it's still a work in progress.