Reaching a boiling point

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“Water is a bunch of molecules, like a bunch of chickens in a coop,” says J. Kenji López-Alt. “If you start feeding those chickens Red Bull, give them a lot of energy, eventually one of them is going to jump over the fence and fly out of the coop.” Photo courtesy of Canva

Boiling water can be a lifeline in a crisis, and it’s a cornerstone of cooking. Yet for many, the act of doing it is still a mystery. This week, some 8.5  million Texans are being asked to boil their drinking water. In a repeat conversation, food writer Kenji López-Alt describes what a miraculous thing it is to put a pot of water on the stove and watch it transform from a placid surface to kinetic chaos.



Evan Kleiman