This Nobel laureate suggests cooking pasta differently to save money and generate controversy – Evening edition Ouest-France – 07/09/2022

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022 Italy The Italian scientist Giorgio Parisi, Nobel Prize in Physics in 2021, is at the center of a (small) controversy, on the other side of the Alps. He describes, on the social network Facebook, a rather baroque method of cooking pasta intended to save money, in the midst of an energy crisis. And it doesn’t happen. Giorgio Parisi is a highly respected scientist. This Italian physicist won the Nobel Prize, in his discipline, in 2021. He was awarded for “the discovery of the interaction of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from the atomic to the planetary scale,” he says the French Academy of Sciences, of which he is “one of its foreign associate members”. But it is not because of his research work that the name of the 74-year-old man has been circulating in the Italian and international media for days: he proposed to adopt a rather baroque method for cooking pasta, in order to save money in a context of energy crisis. And that doesn’t happen, in a country where the topic of pasta and cooking is rather sensitive… “Tasty” But what is the method that Giorgio Parisi describes? In a message published on the social network Facebook, he suggests boiling water, putting the pasta in it and then turning the heat to its “minimum, minimum” level. And leave the pasta in the water, cover the saucepan or pot, to cook it. It was Thursday, September 1, 2022. In his message, the physicist quotes a certain Alessandro Busiri Vici, who cuts the fire completely after letting the pasta cook for two minutes in boiling water. Method that he himself described on Facebook at the end of August. “You can also try it”, comments the scientist, who adds that the most important thing to be able to cook pasta with these methods is to keep the lid on the container of boiling water. The method has generated many rather skeptical comments on social networks, indicates the Italian press agency Ansa, Monday, September 5. But not all of them are of this record, others are more positive. The Italian chef Antonello Colonna also reacted, in the columns of the newspaper La Repubblica. And he is not convinced. According to him, pasta cooked this way would be “rubbery”. “It’s not new” And yet. The method works, assures the Italian chemist Dario Bressanini to the agency Ansa. “It’s not new,” he says. This scientist explains, in essence, that water does not need to boil but rather be hot to cook a certain food. He even published a video dedicated to the technique, on the social network TikTok. Its title: “Put the pasta and turn off the fire. “It has been viewed 3 million times, has 267,000 subscribers, on the platform. @dario.bressanini Pasta senza fuoco #pasta #cottura #chimica #imparacontiktok #glutine ♬ original suono – Dario Bressanini The subject is, in any case, one of the illustrations of the energy crisis that affects Italy like the rest of Europe , especially against the background of the war in Ukraine. Across the Alps, as elsewhere on the continent, households, businesses and governments are looking for ways to save money as winter approaches. In this context, the method proposed by Giorgio Parisi makes sense. In May, La Repubblica already mentioned a study, commissioned by the professional association Unione Italiana Food, and dedicated precisely to ways of cooking pasta in a more economical and environmentally friendly way. Among the tips: leave the lid on so the water boils faster, use 700 ml of water for 100 g of pasta instead of the liter usually recommended in Italy, and… turn off the heat two minutes after starting cooking Or the method already described by internet user Alessandro Busiri Vici on Facebook.
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