On Wednesday, May 17, PBS serves up the premiere of FOOD − DELICIOUS SCIENCE, a three-part series that travels the world and breaks down the natural history, chemistry and biology of food, offering a fun, startling and completely new view of what we eat and why we eat it. Co-produced with the BBC, FOOD − DELICIOUS SCIENCE airs Wednesdays at 10pm, May 17 to May 31.
From a home base at the UK’s leading food lab, the show takes viewers on a savory global journey with hosts Dr. Michael Mosley, a physician and PBS veteran documentarian with an interest in dietary science, and James Wong, a botanist whose childhood in the jungles of Borneo sparked a lifelong passion for plants and their uses. Together, the pair travels the world to explore how the hidden chemistry in every mouthful of food contributes to the nourishment and building of the human body. Meeting people of various cultures, they learn how we naturally use food to meet our bodies’ needs.
Food – Delicious Science Episodes
Food on the Brain- May 17
Mosley and Wong show how the brain is one of the body’s greediest organs — for the amount of energy it needs to run — and how it influences human diets by generating cravings for fat, salt, caffeine and other ingredients. They explore the impact of mouth-feel and eating sensation, as well as the brain-altering impact of chilies, chocolate and alcohol.
A Matter of Taste – May 24
Episode two explains how the marriage of chemistry and biology is the root of all sensations, tastes and flavors we enjoy in our food. Mosley and Wong take viewers to Thailand, Spain, France and Peru to deconstruct the five tastes — sweet, sour, salty, bitter and the less well-known “umami” flavors —and their effects on the tongue.
We Are What We Eat – May 31
In episode three,Wong and Mosley explore how food chemistry feeds and builds bodies. They explain that a world full of different cuisines and thousands of different meals, when reduced to their essences, are actually all the same — just a handful of ingredients the human body needs to survive. Time in the food laboratory breaks down the highly nutritional qualities of breast milk, and a trip to the Philippines uncovers how carbohydrates play an important dietary role.
FOOD − DELICIOUS SCIENCE is part of a multi-title, co-production deal among PBS, BBC and BBC Worldwide North America. It is a BBC Studios production for PBS and BBC.
Hungry for More Food Programs?
The three-part series FOOD − DELICIOUS SCIENCE kicks off a summer of food-themed programming on PBS that includes AMERICAN MASTERS “CHEFS FLIGHT,” a series of four documentaries about iconic chefs James Beard, Julia Child, Jacques Pépin and Alice Waters, airing May 19 and 26; season four of the international cooking show phenomenon THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, premiering June 16; and season five of MARTHA STEWART’S COOKING SCHOOL (times vary, check local listings), which presents treasured recipes from the Arabian Gulf.