Microwave ovens: 10 Questions

Opinion is highly polarised when it comes to microwave ovens – either they are disparaged or they are embraced, and often with passion either way. Coincidentally, microwave ovens work because water is polarised too (a water molecule has a positive end and a negative end) and can interact with microwaves to be heated. Microwaves are used in

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Umami and MSG

Umami – Japanese for ‘deliciousness’ – is what we in the West might think of as savoury. The flavour is central to much Asian cooking, and the molecule responsible was first identified in the Japanese stock dashi. Recently, taste receptors for this molecule were shown to exist on our tongues, and umami is now considered to

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