Molecular gastronomist Harold McGee, author of the New York Times column "The Curious Cook," earned a #143 ranking on Time magazine's annual 100 most influential people list. Polling is entirely reader-generated, so the popularity contest has nothing to do with editorial opinions. Our food nerd hero beat out Oprah (#150), Steve Jobs (#174), Hillary Clinton (#183), Gawker overlord Nick Denton (#199), and the Dalai Lama (#207). McGee is the preeminent scholar of double-dipping, and the greater intersection of food and chemistry.
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