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By Michael Banks in Boston
Here is a good quiz question. What contains more water: a cucumber or a glass of milk?
If you happened to guess the humble cucumber then you would be correct.
At least that is, according to Nathan Myhrvold, who says the water content of a glass of milk is around 85%, while for a cucumber it is more like 95%. This is because milk is made up of other things such as proteins and fat.
Myhrvold, who has a PhD in physics, was speaking at the 2013 AAAS meeting in Boston where he gave a plenary lecture to a packed audience on the science of cooking.
Myhrvold is the brains behind the recently published six-volume, 2400-page tome Modernist Cuisine that took him and his staff of eight researchers around five years to put together.
Apart from talking about the novel cooking techniques he has developed such as making crispy chips in an ultrasonic bath and spinning peas in a centrifuge to bring out more flavour, Myhrvold had some tidbits of information we could all put to use.