The Flavor Map

Ever wonder why certain flavors work well in combination while others are just gross? Scientists Yong-Yeol Ahn, Sebastian E. Ahnert, James P. Bagrow and Albert-László Barabási published their findings in Nature:

Here we introduce a network-based approach to explore the impact of flavor compounds on ingredient combinations. Efforts by food chemists to identify the flavor compounds contained in most culinary ingredients allows us to link each ingredient to 51 flavor compounds on average. We build a bipartite network consisting of two different types of nodes: (i) 381 ingredients used in recipes throughout the world, and (ii) 1,021 flavor compounds that are known to contribute to the flavor of each of these ingredients…

Source: Nature

The backbone of the flavor network. Source: Nature

[continues in in Nature]

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7 Responses to The Flavor Map

  1. justagirl December 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    this is total nerdspeak for chefs.  i happen to love cooking and perfecting recipes (and eating delicious foods).  no one can come close to the greatness of my chicken marsala.  i have to be very careful who i present it to so i don’t get shot.  i can see how this map could come in handy when one wants to cut the time out of guess and check.  food science is cool.

  2. justagirl December 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    this is total nerdspeak for chefs.  i happen to love cooking and perfecting recipes (and eating delicious foods).  no one can come close to the greatness of my chicken marsala.  i have to be very careful who i present it to so i don’t get shot.  i can see how this map could come in handy when one wants to cut the time out of guess and check.  food science is cool.

  3. Calypso_1 December 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    The mushrooms form a 4-simplex pentachoron.  As it should be. 

  4. Anonymous December 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    The mushrooms form a 4-simplex pentachoron.  As it should be. 

  5. Anonymous December 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    The mushrooms form a 4-simplex pentachoron.  As it should be. 

  6. Mike December 22, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    What didya say there!

  7. Mike December 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    What didya say there!

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