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More Chemicals in my Food

Neale Smull May 5, 2008 09:24 PM

Is there a place in the LA or OC area that sells any of the chemicals used in Molecular Gastronomy? Stuff like Methylcellulose, Sodium Alginate, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid, Gellan, Xanthan Gum, etc.

I know you can get all of these things online and I've done so in the past. I'd prefer to find an actual store for impulse and inspiration. Sometimes I put together crazy dinner parties on short notice and can't wait two weeks to get Xanthan Gum shipped.


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    sugah May 12, 2008 11:08 PM

    you can get xanthan gum at wild oats. citric acid is also known as sour salt and can be found in the kosher section of grocery stores.

    1. mmontgomery May 12, 2008 09:53 PM

      Froma on Melrose carries Adria's line of foodstuffs.

      1. Vaya Con Carne May 12, 2008 07:29 PM

        I'm pretty sure xanthan gum from Bob's Red Mill is available at Whole Foods.

        1. Chowpatty May 12, 2008 06:04 PM

          I was just browsing the website from Froma on Melrose and noticed they have a full line of these products from El Bulli. Most of it seems to cost an arm and a leg. They also have special El Bulli dishes and such.

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            bad nono May 5, 2008 09:31 PM

            I'd guess you would find some of it at Surfas. And you may try a pharmacy for the rest.

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