A Computer with Good Taste


After giving a book talk at the IBM headquarters in Yorktown Heights, NY, some months ago, the recipes in my book, “A Taste of Molecules: In Search of the Secrets of Flavour,” were run through their computational creativity system: a system they define as one “that can reason about flavor the same way a person […]

What Women Want


The owner of the Belgian Beer Journal had nearly finished reading A Taste of Molecules, in order to review it on his blog, when he wrote to me and said he could relate to the book on a personal level: “Your account of visiting Caroline Korsten at International Flavours and Fragrances reminded me of times that […]

If Music be the Food of Love

Photo, Book Launch, Press Club, Brussels, April 3, 2014

Here is one of my guests at the book launch holding a glass of Nectar & Co mead (honey wine), in one hand, and a glass of Musa Lova, a banana liqueur from Leuven, in the other hand — both of which feature in my book. We not only got to taste three of the […]

Interview in a Brussels Chocolate Shop

Radio X interview photo

Noreen Donovan met with Brussels-based author and journalist, Diane Fresquez, to talk about her new book, “A Taste of Molecules: In Search of the Secrets of Flavor.” Published by the Feminist Press, in New York, Diane’s book is a journey through Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the UK where she meets with many female scientists […]

Book Launch & Tasting, April 3, Brussels


April 3, Launch & Tasting, 6:30pm – 8:00pm Press Club Brussels Europe www.pressclub.be Rue Froissart 95 1040 Brussels, Belgium The event is free, but don’t forget to resister: https://www.facebook.com/events/257190537795766/ A real Taste of Molecules – with Diane introducing the book at Brussels’ premiere press club, including a chance to taste some of the flavours in the […]

Chemistry on the Nile

During a recent trip to speak at the American University in Cairo, my host, Dr. Alaa Ibrahim, arranged for me to be interviewed on Nile Television. The first thing one of the presenters said to me was that when she was a student, she was terrible at chemistry — until one day, her mother took […]

The Science of Baking at the Brussels Book Fair, February 21, 2014

Michael Vanheste (1)

Belgian chef Michael Vanheste will be joining me at La Foire du Livre de Bruxelles Friday, February 21, 8-9:30pm, in the Palais Gourmand, where he’ll be baking his famous Madeleines recipe, included in A Taste of Molecules. I’ll be asking Michael why listening to butter melt is the key to making perfect Madeleines — and […]

Recipes for Remembering


A Taste of Albuquerque: From Chile to Sopaipillas The memory of certain tastes is a powerful way to reconnect to home, especially if we live far away. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, but have lived in Europe for the past 30 years. When I think back to our family visits to the New Mexico […]

“Sweet Read — A Taste of Molecules”

Flower Power elderflower cocktail with "dancing molecules"

“Recently, I got to attend an event at Flanders House (I encourage you to check out their site and sign up for their newsletter). The event was for the new book, A Taste of Molecules by Diane Fresquez. It’s a fascinating read, about the science of taste and taste in relation to memory, written in a way that laypeople […]

US Book Launch at Flanders House, NYC

Flanders house logo

12/12/2013 – 6:30pm Flanders House 620 8th Avenue, 44th Floor New York, NY 10018 map it Flanders House will be hosting a book presentation of A Taste of Molecules by author Diane Fresquez. Anne McBride, Director of the Experimental Cuisine Collective, will be making introductory remarks. Do men and women experience taste and smell differently? […]


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