What's Cooking in Chemistry?

What's Cooking in Chemistry? : How Leading Chemists Succeed in the Kitchen

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Looking for future employment as a postdoc? Or desperately looking for the perfect present for a chemist friend? Maybe you simply enjoy cooking and reading about current developments in chemistry research? The first Who's Who in organic chemistry to show what top scientists like to cook - on the bench and on the stove - and how they have made their way. Use K. C. Nicolaou's recipe for fish and chips and read about his scientific work while preparing the meal that helped him finance his studies back in England. Containing more than 50 personal recipes and anecdotes from leading organic chemists, such as Lonely soup (Evans), Wild boar - Tuscan way (Waldmann), and Dulce de Leche (Vollhardt), accompanied by biographies and sketches of their current work, this is an exquisite delicacy for anybody who likes cooking, eating and chemistry.show more

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  • Paperback | 243 pages
  • 170 x 240 x 20mm | 480.81g
  • Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH
  • Weinheim, Germany
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations, diagrams
  • 3527326219
  • 9783527326211
  • 826,046

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A"This book should be enjoyed by those who like to read while they are cooking, or cook while they are reading. It shows that famous chemists have lives outside the lab, appreciate the good things of life, and have highly tuned taste buds.A" (Chemistry World, October 2009) "Now at last we have the evidence...of what people in the scientific community have long known: creative chemists are successful not only at the bench but also at the kitchen stove. After all, cooking too is an experimental science! To put in practice the idea of taking a peek into the cooking pots of one's colleagues is something that has long been overdue. It has now become a reality, thanks to collegues of Lutz Tietze in Gottingen on the occasion of his 60th birthday...the result is a very interesting "mixtura mirabilis"... "What's Cooking in Chemistry" is, of course, neither a chemistry textbook nor a book for the kitchen, nor is it intended to be either. But it is a charming, very personal, collection of "favorite recipes" - mostly good plain fare - presented against the background of the contributors' scientific interests. Chemists will derive pleasure from giving this carefully edited book (which has a good index) to friends and collegues in the scientific community, and thereby also giving pleasure to them. One should also have a copy in one's own bookshelves, as this charming book may encourage one's acquaintances to look more kindly on a profession that tends to be subconsciously identified with poisons and environmental damage. Guten Appetit, buon appetito, and enjoy your meal!" Prof. Gottfried Markl Universitat Regensburg "...In summary, a novel, well written and carefully presented book. Quite aside from its obvious use as a source of valuable biographic, scientific and culinary information and providing additional criteria for the selection of interesting places to do a post-doc or sabbatical, its reasonable price make book just the gift for that hard to please scientist on your list." The Alchemist - The ChemWeb Magazine "This is a cookbook, and one that is both serious and fun. The serious part comes from the scientific sketches of 56 professors from around the world who provide an overview of their research as well as their favorite recipes. Some of these recipes are very good, and readers will delight in preparing them. Even people who are not handy in the kitchen will like this book because it's fun to read the sometimes amusing commentare by the authors, who provide background on the origins of the recipes or the regions where the dishes are traditionally served. I would recommend this book for the serious chemists and cooks in your life. Its a great gift for any occasion. Nonchemists may even learn some serious chemistry from the sketches for each other." C&EN: Books . Aout of the Pan and into the fire "...recommend this book for the serious chemist and cooks in your life...a great gift for any occasion..." Chemical and Engineering News, Vol 82(04) Jan 2004 "This book should be enjoyed by those who like to read while they are cooking, or cook while they are reading. It helps to show that even famous chemists are real people who have lives outside the laboratory, appreciate the good things of life, and have highly tuned taste buds. I would recommend a meal consisting of the Erick Carreira starter, followed by a main course from Reinhard Hoffmann, before finishing up with Peter Wipf's dessert. Bon appetit!" Chemistry World "... a welcome addition to the genre (of the science of cooking) and we recommend it..." The Chemical Educatorshow more

About Hubertus P. Bell

On occasion of the 60th birthday of Professor Lutz Friedjan Tietze his coworkers in the Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry at the University of Gottingen dedicated this cookbook to him. It collects the favorite recipes of more than fifty well-known chemists.show more

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Looking for future employment as a postdoc? Or desperately looking for the perfect present for a chemist friend? Maybe you simply enjoy cooking and reading about current developments in chemistry research? The first Who's Who in organic chemistry to show what top scientists like to cook - on the bench and on the stove - and how they have made their way. Use K.C. Nicolaou's recipe for fish and chips and read about his scientific work while preparing the meal that helped him finance his studies back in England. Containing more than 50 personal recipes and anecdotes from leading organic chemists, such as Lonely soup (Evans), Wild boar - Tuscan way (Waldmann), and Dulce de Leche (Vollhardt), accompanied by biographies and sketches of their current work, this is an exquisite delicacy for anybody who likes cooking, eating and chemistry. "The Chemical Educator wrote" ..".a welcome addition to the genre (of the science of cooking) and we recommend it..."show more

Table of contents

Contents Martin Banwell: Marinade for BBQ Kangaroo Robert G. Bergman: Potato Latkes (Potato Pancakes) Dale L. Boger: Cannoli Shells Carsten Bolm: Kaiserschmarren Ronald Breslow: Veal and Sausage Stew Reinhard Bruckner: Pears, Beans and Bacon Gianfranco Cainelli: Tagliatelle alla Bolognese Erick M. Carreira: Black Bean Soup Armin de Meijere: Spaghetti con 'Schluntz' Scott E. Denmark: Scott's Fondue Ulf Diederichsen: Green Eel a la Marie with Dill Dip Alessandro Dondoni: Wild Duck in Olive Oil; Maccheroni con salmi di lepre alla Mantovana Dieter Enders: Chicken a la Maritje David A. Evans: Brunswick Stew (Lonely Soup) Marye Anne Fox: Carolina Dirt Cake Burchard Franck: Labskaus Robin L. Garell, Kendall N. Houk: Ahi Tuna Sashimi Napoleon Cesare Gennari: Domino Cake Robert H. Grubbs: Pecan Pie John F. Hartwig: Sorrel Soup; Variant of Nicoise Salad Clayton H. Heathcock: Texas Chili Wolfgang A. Herrmann: Filled Trout Donald Hilvert: Pasta with Artichoke Cream Alessandro Reinhard W. Hoffmann: Lamb Fillets Dieter Hoppe: Sweet and Sour Mushroom Salad Hiriyakkanavar Ila: Chicken Curry Karl Anker J?rgensen: A Crustacean Catastrophe; Tenderloin of Wild Boar; The Royal M&M Almond Cake Alan R. Katritzky: Sauerkraut Salad Horst Kessler: Red Gritz Horst Kunz: Arzgebirg'sche Schusterkliess Richard C. Larock: Chili Crock Pot Steven V. Ley: Ley's Low-Calorie, Chemical-Free Risotto? Lewis N. Mander: Chicken Dijonnais Johann Mulzer: Powidltatschkerl Ei-ichi Negishi: Goma-ae, Goma-yogoshi Kyriakos C. Nicolaou: Fish & Chips Leo A. Paquette: Paquette's Favourite Lasagna Manfred T. Reetz: Herb Sauce Frankfurt Style Daniel H. Rich: Ciappino Herbert W. Roesky: The 1:1:1 Mix Gyula Schneider: Tiszai halaszle Lawrence T. Scott: Fruitcake Victor Snieckus: Cold Beetroot Soup Martin Suhm: Fish Souffle Clausius-Clapeyron Marcello Tiecco: Tagliatelle with Bologna-style Meat Sauce Lutz F. Tietze: Pork Roulades with Cheese Claudio Trombini: Lasagne Verdi Rocco Ungaro: Pasta al Forno Southern Italy Style Edwin Vedejs: Pat Anderson-Vedejs' Wisconsin Linzer Torte K. Peter C. Vollhardt: Dulce de Leche Herbert Waldmann: Cinghiale in Dolce e Forte Ekkehard Winterfeldt: One-pot Fish Soup Peter Wipf: Lemon-Kiwi Pie Yoshinori Yamamoto: Tofu Tempura Axel Zeeck: Filled Peppers a la Benjaminshow more

Review Text

"Nun haben wir s - leider nur schwarz auf weiß - was in der Scientific Community längst bekannt ist: Kreative Chemiker sind nicht nur an der "bench" erfolgreich, sie sind es auch am häuslichen Herd. Kochen ist schließlich auch eine experimentelle Wissenschaft! Die Idee, den Kollegen in ihre Kochtöpfe zu gucken, war längst überfällig. Mitarbeiter von Lutz Tietze in Göttingen haben sie jetzt, anlässlich seines 60. Geburtstages, Wirklichkeit werden lassen. Interviewt wurden 30 Chemiker und 2 (!) Chemikerinnen, herausgekommen ist eine überaus interessante "mixtura mirabilis". Wird das Buch der Leitidee "What s cooking in chemistry?" gerecht? Es sind vertreten 22 "Meisterköche" aus den USA, 19 aus Deutschland, 6 aus Italien, der Rest der Welt aber nur mit 8 maitres de cuisine. Es drängt sich der Verdacht auf, dass die Summe der Leistungen im Labor und in der Küche stimmen musste. So kann man K. C. Nicolaou nachsehen, wenn der Bezwinger des Vanconmycins oder des Brevetoxins als wissenschaftliche Mount Everests "fish and chips" serviert; Größe im Labor und Bescheidenheit auf dem Teller sind eben nicht inkompatible! ...Trotz der etwas unausgewogenen Konzentration auf die USA, Deutschland und Italien tut sich auch bei "What s cooking" eine überraschende Vielfalt auf. Pasta in vielen Variationen, Känguru, Wildente, Wildschwein und eine "Schalentierkatastrophe" (Austern, Muscheln und Shrimps) liegen auf den Tellern. Auch Folklore kommt aus den Töpfen: Kaiserschmarrn (Emperor Nonsens), Powidldatschkerl, Labskaus, Frankfurter Grüne Soße ("Gris Soß"), Tofu Tempura, Ahi Tuna Sashimi Napoleon oder Arzgebirge sche Schuster Kließ. Interessant ist auch, wer wen zu Tisch bittet! Nicht wenige kochen für Mitarbeiter, einige, um ihre Angebetete zu beeindrucken, ein Präsident kocht für seine Vizepräsidenten und den Kanzler der Universität. D. A. Evans präsentiert mit seiner "Lonely Soup" einen "dish for bachelors" und bezeichnet sich als "survival cook". Sind sie ohne die Ehefrauen doch verloren? Bei manchen der "maitres de cuisine" scheint in ihren abschließenden Kommentaren ein Hauch von Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) "Psychologie des Geschmacks" durch, auch wenn kein Franzose an dem bunten Tafelreigen beteiligt ist. Besonders phantasievolle Küchenmeister haben zu Ehren des Jubilars Tietze Domino-Gerichte kreiert (Domino Cake, Domino Chicken Curry)...ist natürlich weder ein Lehrbuch für Chemie noch für die Küche - will es auch nicht sein. Aber es ist eine charmante, sehr persönliche Vorstellung der "favored recipes" - die meist gute Hausmannskost beschreiben - vor dem Hintergund des wissenschaftlichen Werks der Kollegen. Es sollte Freude machen, dieses sehr sorgfälig redigierte und mit einem Index versehene Werk Freunden und Kollegen der Scientific Community zu schenken und damit Freude zu bereiten. Eigentlich sollte es auch im eigenen Bücherschrank stehen , denn einem Berufstand, der im Unterbewusstsein immer noch mit viel Gift und Umweltschäden identifiziert wird, könnte dieses liebenswürdige Buch zu einer freundlicheren Akzeptanz verhelfen." Prof. Dr. G. Märkl, Univ. Regensburg "Das Buch ist sicher ein pfiffiges Geschenk für Chemiker und Apotheker, die privat gerne auf den kulinarischen Pfaden ihrer wissenschaftlichen Vorbilder wandeln. Es ist in einer ansprechenden Hard Cover-Ausgabe im renommierten Verlag Wiley-VCH erschienen." PTA heute Erwähnung in: Nachrichten aus der Chemie Besprechung von Carl Th. Pedersen in: Dansk Kemi Buchtipp in: Analytik-News "Über 50 Chemiker geben einen kurzen Überblick über ihren Lebenslauf, ihre wissenschaftliche Arbeiten und aktuelle Forschung, sowie ihre Lieblingsrezepte. Eine tolle Idee...So international wie die Wissenschaftler, so unterschiedlich sind auch ihre Rezepte. Nur bei ganz wenigen muss man sich beim Einkaufen der Zutaten anstrengen oder sie gar per Luftfracht einfliegen lassen - allerdings weiß ich jetzt, dass mein Supermarkt um die Ecke nicht al "Now at last we have the evidence...of what people in the scientific community have long known: creative chemists are successful not only at the bench but also at the kitchen stove. After all, cooking too is an experimental science! To put in practice the idea of taking a peek into the cooking pots of one s colleagues is something that has long been overdue. It has now become a reality, thanks to collegues of Lutz Tietze in Göttingen on the occasion of his 60th birthday...the result is a very interesting "mixtura mirabilis"... "What s Cooking in Chemistry" is, of course, neither a chemistry textbook nor a book for the kitchen, nor is it intended to be either. But it is a charming, very personal, collection of "favorite recipes" - mostly good plain fare - presented against the background of the contributors scientific interests. Chemists will derive pleasure from giving this carefully edited book (which has a good index) to friends and collegues in the scientific community, and thereby also giving pleasure to them. One should also have a copy in one s own bookshelves, as this charming book may encourage one s acquaintances to look more kindly on a profession that tends to be subconsciously identified with poisons and environmental damage. Guten Appetit, buon appetito, and enjoy your meal!" Prof. Gottfried Märkl Universität Regensburg "...In summary, a novel, well written and carefully presented book. Quite aside from its obvious use as a source of valuable biographic, scientific and culinary information and providing additional criteria for the selection of interesting places to do a post-doc or sabbatical, its reasonable price make book just the gift for that hard to please scientist on your list." The Alchemist - The ChemWeb Magazine "This is a cookbook, and one that is both serious and fun. The serious part comes from the scientific sketches of 56 professors from around the world who provide an overview of their research as well as their favorite recipes. Some of these recipes are very good, and readers will delight in preparing them. Even people who are not handy in the kitchen will like this book because it s fun to read the sometimes amusing commentare by the authors, who provide background on the origins of the recipes or the regions where the dishes are traditionally served. I would recommend this book for the serious chemists and cooks in your life. Its a great gift for any occasion. Nonchemists may even learn some serious chemistry from the sketches for each other." C&EN: Books . Aout of the Pan and into the fire "...recommend this book for the serious chemist and cooks in your life...a great gift for any occasion..." Chemical and Engineering News, Vol 82(04) Jan 2004 "This book should be enjoyed by those who like to read while they are cooking, or cook while they are reading. It helps to show that even famous chemists are real people who have lives outside the laboratory, appreciate the good things of life, and have highly tuned taste buds. I would recommend a meal consisting of the Erick Carreira starter, followed by a main course from Reinhard Hoffmann, before finishing up with Peter Wipf s dessert. Bon appetit!" Chemistry World "... a welcome addition to the genre (of the science of cooking) and we recommend it..." The Chemical Educatorshow more