Harold McGee at a book signing in Washington, D.C. (2010)
Harold James McGee
October 3, 1951
|Known for||On Food and Cooking|
Sharon R. Long
(m. 1979; div. 2004)
|Thesis||Keats and the Progress of Taste (1978)|
|Doctoral advisor||Harold Bloom|
Harold James McGee (born October 3, 1951) is an American author who writes about the chemistry and history of food science and cooking. He is best known for his seminal book On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen initially published in 1984 and revised in 2004.
McGee was educated at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), initially to study astronomy, but graduating with a B.S. in Literature in 1973. He went on to do a Ph.D. on the romantic poetry of John Keats supervised by Harold Bloom at Yale University, graduating in 1978.
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Before becoming a food science writer, McGee was a literature and writing instructor at Yale. McGee has also written for Nature, Health, The New York Times, the World Book Encyclopedia, The Art of Eating, Food & Wine, Fine Cooking, and Physics Today and lectured on kitchen chemistry at cooking schools, universities, The Oxford Symposia on Food and Cookery, the Denver Natural History Museum and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. For a brief time he wrote a regular column for the New York Times, "The Curious Cook," which examined, and often debunked, conventional kitchen wisdom.
Awards and honors
- "Harold McGee". CooksInfo. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
- On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen (1984) ISBN 0-684-18132-0
- on YouTube, iBioMagazine
- McGee, Harold James (1978). Keats and the Progress of Taste (PhD thesis). Yale University.
- McGee, Harold (2011). "Food science: With pipette and ladle". Nature. 480 (7378): 452–453. doi:10.1038/480452a.
- But the Crackling is Superb: An Anthology on Food and Drink by Fellows and Foreign Members of The Royal Society of London ISBN 0-7503-0488-X
- BBC Radio 4 Food Programme: A Life through Food with Harold McGee, BBC, 2014-10-13
- Food Scientist Harold McGee: 'On Food', NPR December 2004
- Cooking with IEEE Spectrum: Harold McGee
- McGee, Harold J.; Long, Sharon R.; Briggs, Winslow R. (1984). "Why whip egg whites in copper bowls?". Nature. 308 (5960): 667–668. doi:10.1038/308667a0.
- McGee, Harold (2015). "About Harold McGee". Archived from the original on 2014-12-28.
- Cressey, Daniel (2009). "Q&A with Harold McGee: The molecular master chef". Nature. 458 (7239): 707. doi:10.1038/458707a. PMID 19360069.
- McGee, Harold (2013). "Chemistry: A festive ferment". Nature. 504 (7480): 372–374. doi:10.1038/504372a. PMID 24352277.
- McGee, Harold (1999). "Taking stock of new flavours". Nature. 400 (6739): 17–18. doi:10.1038/21775. PMID 10403241.
- McGee, Harold (1998). "In victu veritas". Nature. 392 (6677): 649–650. doi:10.1038/33528. PMID 9565025.
- McGee, Harold (1987). "Trials of the gluttons for punishment". Nature. 326 (6116): 907–908. doi:10.1038/326907a0.
- Mcgee, Harold (1990). "Recipe for safer sauces". Nature. 347 (6295): 717. doi:10.1038/347717a0. PMID 2234048.
- McGee, Harold; McInerney, Jack; Harrus, Alain (1999). "The Virtual Cook: Modeling Heat Transfer in the Kitchen". Physics Today. 52 (11): 30. doi:10.1063/1.882728.