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Quantifying Flavor-What Data Networks Can (And Can't) Tell Us About How We Eat

Each node denotes an ingredient, the node color indicates food category, and node size reflects the ingredient prevalence in recipes. This map comes from an article by Yong-Yeol Ahn, Sebastian E. Ahnert, James P. Bagrow and Albert-László Barabási, published in Scientific Reports, December,2011.

On today’s show, we explore research on food pairing and flavor networks.

Earth Eats Associate Producer Alex Chambers walks us through the work of Dr. Yong-Yeol Ahn,(he goes by YY). Dr. Ahn is a professor of informatics and computing at Indiana University and co-creator of a fascinating map of flavor networks.

Anthropologists Maddie Chera and Leigh Bush talk with him about what these networks can, and cannot tell us about cultural food pairing preferences.

Harvest Public Media has a story about some special midwestern grapes, and Chef Daniel Orr has ideas for grape leaves, plus a surprising preparation involving rhubarb and strawberries.

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