Porterville College

Playing With Food: Three Centuries of Science in the Kitchen

The Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) at Porterville College

is proud to present a special event with


Harold McGee

Food Science Writer and former New York Times Columnist

Playing With Food:

Four Centuries of Science in the Kitchen


Friday, March 6th, 7-8 p.m.

Porterville College Theater (CA-4)

(Book signing to directly follow presentation in Student Center)


Cooking is practical chemistry, and scientists have been influencing cooks since the time of Isaac Newton.  The last decade has brought an explosion of interest in the science of cooking.  There's a popular television series devoted to it, restaurant chefs now collaborate with chemists and sensory psychologists, and Harvard University has been offering a regular undergraduate course taught by both scientists and chefs.  Harold McGee will trace the rise of kitchen science and describe some of the startling new foods that have been created with its help.


Harold McGee writes about the science of foods and cooking.  He studied science at Caltech and literature at Yale, where he also taught, and in 1984 published the first edition of his prize-winning reference book On Food & Cooking: The Science & Lore of the Kitchen.  He has published two other books, The Curious Cook (1990) and Keys to Good Cooking (2010), original research in Nature and Physics Today, and had a long-running monthly column in the New York Times.  He lives in San Francisco.


Copies of Mr. McGee’s books, On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen and Keys to Good Cooking, are available for purchase at the PC Bookstore and will be available for purchase and signing immediately following Mr. McGee’s presentation.



CHAP events are FREE and OPEN to the public – ALL are welcome


Theater doors for the CHAP event will open at approximately 6:30 p.m.  Out of respect to our presenter and audience, doors will be closed approximately 10 minutes after the start of the event OR when the theater has reached capacity – whichever comes first.  Due to safety regulations, once the theater is full no additional people can be admitted.


Students attending CHAP events for classroom credit will receive Proof-of-Attendance cards only after the event has concluded.  Only one card will be provided per student, and lost cards cannot be replaced.


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Date & Time: 
Fri, 03/06/2020 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
PC Theater

Kern Community College District