Insatiable: Cooking Up Innovation
Insatiable: Cooking Up Innovation explores the remarkable story of the evolution of how humans transform food into astonishing culinary delights. Through hands-on interactives and a display of ‘firsts’ – first iron stoves, electric ovens, toasters – and past and present state-of-the-art gadgets, visitors of all ages are immersed in the science, technology, engineering, and math that we apply to create the perfect art – food. The exhibition is presented in four sections.
From Hearths to Induction & Ovens to Microwaves: The Explosion of Culinary Opportunity
This section features a timeline of cooking presented through a display of cooking appliances – from the clay pot to the microwave. A diverse collection of objects reveals how humans first utilized fire, started cooking with stoves, and how cooking methods expanded with the electrification of homes.
Extending Menus: The Storage and Shipping Phenomena
Food storage has come a long way from smoking, drying, and salting. Today, we vacuum-pack, dehydrate, and preserve food with more than 10,000 human-made chemicals. Our ability to increase the shelf life of food has altered the way we eat, making modern cities and grocery stores possible. Punctuated by items from miSci’s collection of food storage vessels, refrigerators and freezers, this section explores our ever-evolving ability to store and preserve food.
Gadgets Galore: An Invitation to Chef-dom!
Humans have been making cooking implements for every conceivable kitchen task for millennia. In this section, we explore how electricity transformed kitchen gadgetry into an engineered art form and how manufacturers entice home chefs to indulge in new cooking methods. Items from miSci’s historical collection are presented alongside modern conveniences.
The Science and the Repeatability Factor
Harriet Beecher Stowe and her sister Catherine launched the “Domestic Science Movement” in the mid-1800s. Fifty years later, Fannie Merritt Farmer published her first cookbook that featured the national standardized measurements she championed. In this section, visitors learn how the standardization of measuring ingredients, temperature, and time launched the home chef revolution. Guests also explore how evolving materials and techniques for cooking have changed our culinary pursuits. Included in this section are selections from miSci’s collection of cookbooks and classic measuring devices.
- Blow Out Your Toaster
- Conductivity of Metals
- Convection Currents
- Solar Oven
- Pressure Cooking
- Accuracy of Measurement
KEY LEARNING GOALS
- Modern cooking technologies are a result of a long history of innovation and problem solving that continues today
- Solving problems related to the preparation and storage of food has resulted in the development of a wide variety of practices and technologies
- Changing needs and desires continue to affect how we use and develop current cooking technologies
5,000 sq. ft.
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Available for Travel September 2025