The Science of Good Food: The Ultimate Reference on how Cooking Works

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R. Rose, Jan 1, 2008 - Cooking - 624 pages
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The science of cooking is the most fascinating and influential development in cuisine.

Award-winning chefs and cutting-edge restaurants around the world are famous for using the principles of chemistry and physics to create exciting new taste sensations. From Ferrán Adriŕ of El Bulli restaurant in Spain to Homaro Cantu of Moto in Chicago, great chefs combine unexpected textures and flavors with secrets of new cooking techniques in great dishes.

This is the first reference to bring the science of food to home cooks and professional chefs alike. Organized from A to Z, this highly readable book has more than 1,800 entries that clearly explain the physical and chemical transformations which govern all food preparation and cooking. Entries vary from agriculture and food safety to animal husbandry and flavor science.

Each entry begins with an explanation of the science behind the food, equipment or cooking method. Extensive cross-references encourage the reader to delve more deeply into topics of interest.

More than 200 illustrations and photographs help home cooks visualize the basic principles of food science. Also included are 100 recipes that demonstrate those principles, from how deep-frying works to how to keep red cabbage from turning blue.

The Science of Good Food provides straightforward explanations of the what, the how and the why of food and cooking, encouraging cooks at all levels to be more confident and creative.

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The science of good food: the ultimate reference on how cooking works

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Though it doesn't quite live up to the "ultimate reference on how cooking works" claim, Joachim and Schloss' encyclopedic guide to all things food is a welcome culinary reference. Alphabetically ... Read full review

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User Review  - Erin - Goodreads

I have been hoping to find a book like this ever since my biology teacher in my freshman year of college explained to me the chemistry of beating egg whites, and why they sometimes fail. This is just ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

David Joachim has written, edited or collaborated on more than 25 cookbooks. His book The Food Substitutions Bible was an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award winner. He lives in Philadelphia.

Andrew Schloss is a writer, teacher and food industry professional. The author of 11 cookbooks, including 2500 Recipes, and countless food articles, he is also past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). He lives in Philadelphia.

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