Every week, at Food52.com, we're digging up Genius Recipes -- the ones that make us rethink cooking myths, get us talking, and change the way we cook.
Today, just for you, Valentine: a completely forgiving, undemanding, and lovable chocolate mousse.
- Kristen Miglore, Senior Editor, Food52.com
It took a brilliant, adventurous chemist to discover the simplest way to make chocolate mousse at home. "I invented it -- but it was so easy, I'm embarrassed!" Herve This told Wired magazine in 2007.
He also invented the study of molecular gastronomy -- but his book of the same name doesn't read like a science manual. The book instead is about simple, scientific surprises and improvements in home cooking.
He explains everything from getting crisp skin on a roast chicken (don't baste with the juices) to whether gnocchi are truly done when they bob to the surface (not necessarily).
... And how to make a flawless, creamy chocolate mousse out of just chocolate and water. Oh