EDIBLE INNOVATIONS

From the deceptive simplicity of bread to the fascinating world of molecular gastronomy, learn all about the food you eat with these articles about edible innovations.

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How Cheese Works

Cheese is everywhere. But what exactly is it? Where does it come from, how is it made -- and why is some of it so stinky?

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  • How can sugar explode?
    How can sugar explode?

    A February 2008 blast at a sugar refining plant near Savannah, Ga., killed at least six people. Investigators believe the accident occurred when sugar dust exploded. See more »

  • How Caviar Works
    How Caviar Works

    Many people consider caviar, unfertilized sturgeon eggs, to be a delicious delicacy. But how exactly is this luxury harvested, and what is the proper way to eat it? See more »

  • How Champagne Works
    How Champagne Works

    Hosting a swank celebration? You should consider serving champagne. Why is it so famous -- and expensive? What sets it apart from sparkling wine? See more »

  • How Cheese Works
    How Cheese Works

    Cheese is everywhere. But what exactly is it? Where does it come from, how is it made -- and why is some of it so stinky? See more »

  • How Chocolate Works
    How Chocolate Works

    If you're a devotee of this ancient cocoa-bean confection, you may be drooling all over your screen right now. How did seeds from a weird little tree snare the hearts (and taste buds) of the world? See more »

  • How Coffee Works
    How Coffee Works

    This stimulant drink comes from beans that are roasted and ground and, for many of us, it's a staple of life. But do you know where coffee grows and how it gets to America? How a French roast differs from an Italian roast? What a coffee cherry is? Or how decaffeinated coffee is made? See more »

  • How Cotton Candy Works
    How Cotton Candy Works

    Cotton candy is a fluffy mass of sugary delight and a popular carnival treat that's been exciting children for more than a century. But how does cotton candy get its fine, downy texture? See more »

  • How did that science get in my chocolate?
    How did that science get in my chocolate?

    On average, Americans wolf down 12 pounds of this sweet stuff each year. How much do you know about how your favorite chocolaty treat goes from bean to bar? Sink your teeth into this quiz to find out. See more »

  • How do energy drinks work?
    How do energy drinks work?

    Energy drinks are everywhere, but how exactly are they supposed to give you energy? What's really in them, and are they safe? Find out. See more »

  • How do I know if I'm eating cloned meat?
    How do I know if I'm eating cloned meat?

    As you sink your teeth into a juicy hamburger, could you be consuming meat that came from cloned livestock? Will those condiments taste just as good on your genetically duplicated dinner? See more »

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