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By Diane Fresquez
Food meets technological know-how, through Proust.
Diane Fresquez lives in Belgium, and for a few years used to be a different correspondent for the Wall road Journal.
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The test tubes lined up in the refrigerator made me think, not of a library, but of a sperm bank for the procreation of an endless lineage of Belgian beers. Aurore took me back to the meeting room where we had begun our conversation, and soon after she left, Sonia rushed in. She was a petite woman in her forties, her long, blond hair tied up in a ponytail. She didn’t have much time, but took a moment to make an espresso for me, and out of her pocket she pulled a sweet amaretto biscuit wrapped in pink paper to go with it.
One was citrusy, one smelled like cloves, and one smelled grassy. In another book I had brought with me, Brewing, by Ian Hornsey, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, I had read that the hop is related to the stinging nettle, bog myrtle, and hemp. The hop most commonly used in brewing, Humulus lupulus, is a climbing perennial herb. For the brewer, the useful part of the plant is the female cone, which contains all of the resins and essential oils that give beer both its bitterness and some of its aroma.
I told An that the aroma from the malt mill reminded me of chocolate-covered malted milk balls, a favorite childhood candy with a crunchy honeycombed center. I remembered buying them once during a family trip to the local general store in search of school supplies for the first day of elementary school. Part of the ritual was something all children I knew did, but I can’t imagine anyone doing today: I asked the man behind the tobacco counter for an empty cigar box to be used as an aromatic desk caddy for my newly pur— 42 — chased crayons, pencils, scissors, and glue.
A Taste of Molecules: In Search of the Secrets of Flavor by Diane Fresquez