Have you ever wondered why bananas turn brown or why adding sugar to peaches or strawberries makes them juicier?

Angela King, associate teaching professor of chemistry at Wake Forest University, has your answers. She teaches an Everyday Chemistry course for the non-science major to help understand the basic chemistry behind issues that affect us every day, especially in the kitchen.

King uses kitchen chemistry to help students understand what happens when we cook and how basic knowledge about acids, bases, enzymes and molecules might mean the difference between a food fail or culinary success.

King can answer questions such as:Why do bananas turn brown?What makes peppers hot?What makes popcorn pop?Why do onions make you cry?And more.

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