The Flavor Connection [Interactive]: Scientists link common flavor compounds across the world's favorite ingredients

For those of you who marvel at the delicious chemistry of food--as thinkers, eaters, or both!--here's a rather densely informative infographic to whet your appetite. Don't let all the lines daunt you--click on one and only the other foods to which is shares a connection appear. Interesting on an intellectual level, but also rather practical for those cooks who like to riff in the kitchen without a recipe.

Interactive by  Jan Willem Tulp   SOURCE:  “Flavor Network and the Principles of Food Pairing,”  by Yong-Yeol Ahn, Sebastian E. Ahnert, James P. Bagrow and Albert-László Barabási, in Scientific Reports, Vol. 1, Article No. 196; December 15, 2011. With thanks to Sebastian Ahnert

Interactive by Jan Willem Tulp

SOURCE: “Flavor Network and the Principles of Food Pairing,” by Yong-Yeol Ahn, Sebastian E. Ahnert, James P. Bagrow and Albert-László Barabási, in Scientific Reports, Vol. 1, Article No. 196; December 15, 2011. With thanks to Sebastian Ahnert