Giorgio Parisi, Nobel Prize in Physics 2021, offers a trick to cook pasta while reducing energy consumption. But for some Italians it doesn’t work.
The energy crisis down to the plate. Italy is not spared by the increase in gas and electricity prices, and the Italian Giorgio Parisi, Nobel Prize in Physics 2021, proposes a new way of cooking pasta.
On his Facebook account, he offers this tip to reduce his bill: Turn off the heat under the pot to finish cooking. “I put the gas on minimum, minimum, so it bubbles very low without using gas. This way obviously consumes even less and I think the pasta is cooked anyway. The most important thing is to always have the lid on. It is essential.”
On Twitter, many netizens made fun of this cooking. Some, somewhat ironically, go so far as to advise eating cold pasta and not cooking it at all.
— Sirio (@siriomerenda) 4 September 2022
My perch ignites the gas per 2 minutes? Suvvia, se sacrificio deve esserci lo facciamo eat la pasta cruda directamente… Siamo alla follia…
La ricetta della pasta a fuoco spento convince ren il Nobel della Fisica Giorgio Parisi https://t.co/f2G2wXd6of via @republica
— Claudio Gerino (@claudeger55) 2 September 2022
Others are content to thank Giorgio Parisi for shedding light on this trick, which an Internet user learned thanks to chemist Dario Bressanini, “I’ve been doing it for years, long ago, and I don’t need ‘an extra minute.’
However, the physicist’s recipe assumed unexpected proportions. The Italian chef Antonio Colonna protests in the daily newspaper La Repubblica.
According to him, cooking pasta like this makes it “gummy.” Some wonder about the usefulness of this debate, such as Barbara Gallavotti, Italian biologist and journalist.
La cosa absurda e tragica non è che un premio #Nobel e un grande chef si confrontino sulla cottura della #pasta, ma che decenni di spensieratezza energetica ci spingano ora a rimed casalinghi per sparer l’energia della cena. Meno male che c’è l’ironia di #Gramellini
— Barbara Gallavotti (@bgallavotti) 6 September 2022
According to her, it is tragic to dwell on such subjects at a time when energy problems are alarming.