Milk, eggs, cheese, tomatoes, transglutaminase, sodium citrate…
It may not sound like the last grocery list you wrote, but the growing appeal of so-called modernist cooking â€” a science-tastic take on haute cuisine â€” has more home cooks adding laboratory-worthy ingredients and gizmos to their shopping. And that, of course, has spawned a mini-niche of online companies selling everything you need to play culinary alchemist at home.
At least a half-dozen companies now sell once-elusive ingredients like sodium citrate to emulsify cheeses into creamy sauces, â€œpopping sugarâ€ that explodes in your mouth, and â€œmeat glueâ€ â€” transglutaminase â€” to create dishes like tilapia spaghetti (that is, â€œspaghettiâ€ made from tilapia). Alongside traditional equipment like cookie sheets and hand mixers, you can purchase pipettes to create â€œcaviarâ€ from various liquids or smoke torches that infuse smoke flavor into dishes without heating them up.