"Chemistry of Cooking" with Shirley Corriher set for Oct. 4

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

presented by the Norman M. Hulings, Jr., Memorial Lecture Series

Shirley CorriherBest-selling author and TV personality Shirley O. Corriher will discuss “The Chemistry of Cooking” at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 4, in the Allen Chapman Activity Center Great Hall on campus.

The event is part of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences’ Norman M. Hulings, Jr., Memorial Lecture Series. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Corriher is probably most widely recognized as the “mad scientist” from the Good Eats TV show with Food Network star Alton Brown. She has built a successful career around her dedication to discovering and then explaining how chemical reactions in the kitchen affect the food we eat.

For more than 40 years, she has solved food dilemmas for home cooks, editors and writers, and large companies such as Pillsbury and Procter & Gamble. Making use of her chemistry degree, she entertains audiences while she helps them understand the science of cooking, acting out everything from proteins to starch to emulsions.

Corriher's book CookWise won an award in 1997 from the James Beard Foundation, which honors the best and brightest talent in the food and beverage industry; her new book BakeWise won a James Beard Award in 2009.

Also in 2009, she was honored by Les Dames d’Escoffier – an international society of female leaders in food, fine beverage, and hospitality – being named Grande Dame, a title given to Julia Child and other famous women of the food world.

After her presentation at TU, Corriher will sign copies of her books, which will be on sale before the event at the campus bookstore in the activity center.

The Norman M. Hulings, Jr., Memorial Lecture Series brings to TU prominent speakers who are recognized authorities in engineering or science. The lecture program is named in honor of Hulings, who was a longtime executive with ONEOK and Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. He earned a petroleum engineering degree from TU in 1949 and then joined Oklahoma Natural Gas, which later was renamed ONEOK. Hulings advanced through the company’s leadership, where he ultimately served as president of ONEOK Energy at the time of his 1986 retirement. In 1979, he was inducted into the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame at TU.

For disability accommodations at the lecture, please contact Dr. Jane Corso at (918) 631-2315.


Mona Chamberlin