Molecular gastronomy gear to impress your friends

A whole new way to experiment in the kitchen.

liquid and cheese on a spoon
Fascinating food.DepositPhotos

Molecular gastronomy harnesses the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients to create tasty morsels with totally unexpected textures. Want to impress your friends? Here are our favorite kits and books to get you started.

Molecule-R – Triple Skill Molecular Gastronomy Set

Molecule-R – Triple Skill Molecular Gastronomy Set

The ultimate introduction kit.Amazon

Learn the basics of molecular gastronomy, like how spherification, gelification, and emulsification work, and then put your knowledge to the test by making lemon clouds or chocolate spaghetti. This kit comes with silicone molds, syringes, pipettes, chemical cookables, a recipe booklet, and all the tools you’ll need to style your food like it’s modern art. It also comes with an ‘aroma r-evolution kit,' which makes all your molecular meals multi-sensory.

Molecule-R - Beginner Molecular Mixology Kit

Molecule-R - Beginner Molecular Mixology Kit

Cocktails with chemistry.Amazon

This kit comes with algae extracts and other texturing agents to deconstruct your favorite cocktails. Play with adding spheres, foams, and caviars to your drinks. It comes with a recipe book and an easy-to-follow instruction manual.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

A bestselling book on what exactly is happening in the kitchen.Amazon

While it’s not exactly molecular gastronomy, this new classic cookbook does break down the use of four elements in cooking: salt for flavor; fat for taste and texture; acid to balance flavor; and heat, which ultimately determines the texture of food. Chef and writer Samin Nosrat will revolutionize how you approach cooking from a simple and scientific perspective. In short: make anything taste better.

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House

Molecular gastronomy for kids.Amazon

This family-friendly and educational cookbook teaches kids about physics and chemistry and comes with 52 science-based recipes for everything from bubble tea to pickled vegetables, with step-by-step instructions and lovely photos. For the food sensitive, all recipes are nut-free and allergens are noted throughout.

Reverse Spherification Kit

Reverse Spherification Kit

Make spherified caviar in your own kitchen.Amazon

Spherification makes ‘flavor pods’ by using sodium alginate and either calcium chloride or calcium glucate lactate to turn a liquid into squishy, edible spheres (think of something similar to salmon roe). This kit comes with a video course and ingredients to make up to eight cups of spherified liquids to add to your dishes or cocktails.