On Food and Cooking

The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

Harold McGee

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Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking is a kitchen classic. Hailed by Time magazine as "a minor masterpiece" when it first appeared in 1984, On Food and Cooking is the bible to which food lovers and professional chefs worldwide turn for an understanding of where our foods come from, what exactly they're made of, and how cooking transforms them into something new and delicious.

Now, for its twentieth anniversary, Harold McGee has prepared a new, fully revised and updated edition of On Food and Cooking. He has rewritten the text almost completely, expanded it by two-thirds, and commissioned more than 100 new illustrations. As compulsively readable and engaging as ever, the new On Food and Cooking provides countless eye-opening insights into food, its preparation, and its enjoyment.

On Food and Cooking pioneered the translation of technical food science into cook-friendly kitchen science and helped give birth to the inventive culinary movement known as "molecular gastronomy." Though other books have now been written about kitchen science, On Food and Cooking remains unmatched in the accuracy, clarity, and thoroughness of its explanations, and the intriguing way in which it blends science with the historical evolution of foods and cooking techniques.

Among the major themes addressed throughout this new edition are:

  • Traditional and modern methods of food production and their influences on food quality
  • The great diversity of methods by which people in different places and times have prepared the same ingredients
  • Tips for selecting the best ingredients and preparing them successfully
  • The particular substances that give foods their flavors and that give us pleasure
  • Our evolving knowledge of the health benefits and risks of foods

On Food and Cooking is an invaluable and monumental compendium of basic information about ingredients, cooking methods, and the pleasures of eating. It will delight and fascinate anyone who has ever cooked, savored, or wondered about food.

"On Food and Cooking is the classic that weaves together history, science, and practical advice in mesmerizing (really) discussion of every conceivable topic of interest in the kitchen...Everyone who eats can use this book. It belongs in every home."- Cheryl Mendelson, author of Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House


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Erscheinungsdatum 20.03.2007
Verlag Simon + Schuster
Seitenzahl 896 (Printausgabe)
Dateigröße 24070 KB
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9781416556374


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  • ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Cooking and Science, 1984 and 2004Chapter 1 Milk and Dairy ProductsChapter 2 Eggs Chapter 3 MeatChapter 4 Fish and ShellfishChapter 5 Edible Plants: An Introduction to Fruits and Vegetables, Herbs and SpicesChapter 6 A Survey of Common VegetablesChapter 7 A Survey of Common FruitsChapter 8 Flavorings from Plants: Herbs and Spices, Tea and CoffeeChapter 9 Seeds: Grains, Legumes, and NutsChapter 10 Cereal Doughs and Batters: Bread, Cakes, Pastry, PastaChapter 11 SaucesChapter 12 Sugars, Chocolate, and ConfectioneryChapter 13 Wine, Beer, and Distilled SpiritsChapter 14 Cooking Methods and Utensil MaterialsChapter 15 The Four Basic Food MoleculesAppendix: A Chemistry PrimerSelected ReferencesIndex