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The Science of Good Food by Andrew Schloss and David Joachim explains the mysteries of food and cooking. Check out topics like Caviar; Extracts; and Sweet Potatoes; plus recipes, including Acorn Squash Filled with Pumpkin Seed Risotto and Roasted Root Vegetables.

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The Science of Good Food
The Ultimate Reference Guide on How Cooking Works

by Andrew Schloss and David Joachim with A. Philip Handel, Ph.D.


Now more than ever, a diverse array of foods are available to chefs and home cooks alike; popular interest in cooking has sparked curiosity and innumerable culinary questions arise out of everyday cuisine, not to mention unfamiliar and exotic ingredients. From Delicata Squash, Demerara Sugar, and Demi-Glace, to Derby Cheese, Dessert Wine, and Dewberry, food items present tantalizing possibilities and cooks everywhere are eager to master their uses, refine special techniques, and dive into creative and informed kitchen innovation. A groundbreaking new book points home cooks in the right direction: The Science of Good Food by David Joachim, Andrew Schloss and A. Philip Handel is the ultimate GPS for your kitchen, with delicious recipes designed to teach useful techniques and answer culinary questions.

In addition to scintillating flavors, kitchen science now inspires and influences culinary development. Award-winning chefs and cutting-edge restaurants around the world have become famous for using the principles of chemistry and physics when creating new taste sensations and perfecting time-honored culinary techniques (not to mention de-bunking many kitchen myths).

The Science of Good Food is the first A to Z reference book to bring the science of food to home cooks and professionals alike. This highly readable book contains more than 1,600 entries, arranged alphabetically and cross-referenced, that touch on a variety of scientific disciplines from biology and chemistry to agriculture and nutrition. And, everyone from kitchen novice and culinary student to professional chef and armchair gourmet will be fascinated to learn how copper bowls affect eggs, what kind of grill gives you the best crust on a steak, what happens to shortbread at high altitude, and how butter tenderizes cake, to list just a few food science features from this seminal book. In addition to practical and scientific information, The Science of Good Food includes more than 100 recipes.

While demystifying the complexities of cooking, the book sheds a welcome light on the confounding phenomena of everyday eating such as why artichokes make certain foods taste sweeter and what causes some people to think cilantro tastes like soap. Topics on cooking ingredients discuss the basic molecular make-up of meats, poultry, game, fish, shellfish, vegetables, fruits, cheese, eggs, dough, and most other foodstuffs, as well as how these foods react to heat, helping you cook better.

Bursting with practical tips and their scientific foundations, The Science of Good Food brings the exciting culinary frontier of molecular gastronomy into the home kitchen. Answers to any type of culinary question can be found within its pages such as:

The book even includes chemistry principles that unravel the physical and chemical transformations that take place during everyday cooking, explaining things like aeration, caramelization, and gelatinization. Scores of charts, tables, and graphs, and more than 200 photographs and illustrations help you visualize the basic principles of food science.

"The ultimate goal throughout the book is to provide practical information that you can use to create better-tasting food," explains Schloss. "The straightforward explanations of the what, how, and why of food and cooking are intended to help you become a better and more confident cook. After all, cooking and science are really after the same thing: helping us enjoy life. We hope this book helps you do just that."

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Entries are broken into three sections called What It is, What It Does, and How It Works. The first section defines the item and may include a bit of historical or other interesting information. The second section discusses the item's significance in food preparation and cooking and offers practical kitchen tips. The third section explains the science behind the item, including flavor chemistry and chemical transformations that occur during cooking. More practical tips are included in Kitchen Wisdom boxes, while more detailed science information appears in Science Wise boxes. Interesting food trivia is included in a Fast Facts section.

The Science of Good Food has all the answers to any culinary question. No matter which ingredients, techniques, or equipment you are using, no matter the cooking question you need answered, The Science of Good Food shows you the way. Throughout the book, straightforward explanations help readers to become better cooks, freeing them up to cook creatively by detailing not only how to apply a culinary technique, but also why it works. Test the theories of food science and see your kitchen repertoire soar.

About the Authors

David Joachim has written, edited or collaborated on more than 30 cookbooks. His book The Food Substitutions Bible was an IACP award winner and his A Man, A Can series has sold more than 1 million copies. Other recent books include the New York Times bestselling Mastering the Grill (with Andrew Schloss). David lives near Philadelphia.

Andrew Schloss is a writer, teacher and food industry professional. The author of 11 cookbooks and countless food articles, he is also past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). His other recent books include Mastering the Grill (with David Joachim) and the Art of the Slow Cooker. Andrew lives in Philadelphia.

A. Philip Handel, Ph.D., directs the Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts, and Food Science program at Drexel University. He has been teaching food science for more than 30 years.


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