Our Global Kitchen (American Museum of Natural History)

I saw an advertisement in the subway for a food exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History called  “Our Global Kitchen” and decided to check it out. I went at 3:30pm on a Saturday afternoon and spent an hour walking through the exhibit and snapping lots of pics. There were a couple of short movies playing on loop, some cool interactive features like “smell machines” where you pushed a button to get a whiff of things like lemons, garlic, thyme, lavender, and fennel, and a digital cooking demo that shows you how to prepare meals using various cooking methods like roasting, steaming, and poaching. There was also a Vietnamese coffee tasting in the demo kitchen and lots of interesting information on the walls. It was extremely crowded (and hot) when I went, making it hard to get to everything, so I took as many pics as I could in order to read it all when I got home. I thought it was a great idea that AMNH designed an entire exhibit featuring food education, but had hoped for more actual food to be included. If you’re interested in checking out this exhibit, it’s $27 per person and runs until August 2013. I recommend going during off hours so that you’ll have a chance to really absorb all of the info and won’t suffer from heatstroke. 😉

The American Museum of Natural History: Central Park West at 79th Street

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The exhibit entrance on the third floor

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About the exhibit

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Interactive smell machines

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Info on molecular gastronomy

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Interactive digital cooking demo

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Why do certain foods trigger emotional memories?

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Are you a supertaster? 

Our Global Kitchen (American Museum of Natural History)