McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture

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Hodder & Stoughton, 2004 - Cookery - 884 pages
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McGEE ON FOOD AND COOKING is a masterpiece of gastronomic writing; a rich, addictive blend of chemistry, history and anecdote that no self-respecting foodie or cook can afford to be without.

McGEE ON FOOD AND COOKING renders the everyday miracles of the kitchen wondrous and fascinating, shedding light on questions that have puzzled generations of cooks. If you've ever wondered why fish goes off quicker than meat; how to tell stale eggs from fresh ones; why you're supposed to leave pancake batter to rest; how it is that cheese can possibly have so many different permutations of flavour and texture; why chopping onions makes you cry; about the health benefits of chocolate and alcohol; why Jerusalem artichokes make you fart; or even how to avoid poisoning your guests - then this is the book for you. With the enlightenment it brings, you may find yourself emerging from the culinary dark ages.

Harold McGee's original ON FOOD AND COOKING was acclaimed as a masterpiece on both sides of the Atlantic, and won the 1986 André Simon Food Book of the Year. Now completely rewritten for a new generation, reflecting the seismic shifts in science and upsurge in home cooking over the past two decades, this new book will amaze all those who love food.

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Review: On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

User Review  - Claudia - Goodreads

Of course i did not read it all, used it selectively as reference. Read full review

Review: On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

User Review  - Rod Greener - Goodreads

The finest book on food science and food history on the market! I will never actually be done reading as I go back to it all the time. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Harold McGee writes about the chemistry of food and cooking, and the science of everyday life. He has worked alongside some of world's most innovative chefs, including Thomas Keller and Heston Blumenthal. He lives with his family in California.

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