How can science inspire better cooking? James Beard award-winning food writer J. Kenji López-Alt explains what drew him to explore the science behind cooking, find his voice as a writer and write two New York Times bestselling books. “Some people think cooking with science is the opposite of cooking with soul. I think it’s the opposite. The more you understand the science and technique behind it, the better your ability to get out what’s inside you,” he suggests. “No matter what you’re writing about, whether it’s a restaurant review or a culture piece or a recipe piece, it has to be a story first,” he concludes.