Kitchen Mysteries: Revealing the Science of Cooking (Arts & Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)

Kitchen Mysteries: Revealing the Science of Cooking (Arts & Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)

By: Herve This (author), Jody Gladding (translator)Paperback

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An international celebrity and founder of molecular gastronomy, or the scientific investigation of culinary practice, Herv This is known for his ground-breaking research into the chemistry and physics behind everyday cooking. His work is consulted widely by amateur cooks and professional chefs and has changed the way food is approached and prepared all over the world. In Kitchen Mysteries, Herv This offers a second helping of his world-renowned insight into the science of cooking, answering such fundamental questions as what causes vegetables to change color when cooked and how to keep a souffl from falling. He illuminates abstract concepts with practical advice and concrete examples--for instance, how saut ing in butter chemically alters the molecules of mushrooms--so that cooks of every stripe can thoroughly comprehend the scientific principles of food. Kitchen Mysteries begins with a brief overview of molecular gastronomy and the importance of understanding the physiology of taste. A successful meal depends as much on a cook's skilled orchestration of taste, odors, colors, consistencies, and other sensations as on the delicate balance of ingredients. Herv then dives into the main course, discussing the science behind many meals' basic components: eggs, milk, bread, sugar, fruit, yogurt, alcohol, and cheese, among other items. He also unravels the mystery of tenderizing enzymes and gelatins and the preparation of soups and stews, salads and sauces, sorbet, cakes, and pastries. Herv explores the effects of boiling, steaming, braising, roasting, deep-frying, saut ing, grilling, salting, and microwaving, and devotes a chapter to kitchen utensils, recommending the best way to refurbish silverware and use copper. By sharing the empirical principles chefs have valued for generations, Herv This adds another dimension to the suggestions of cookbook authors. He shows how to adapt recipes to available ingredients and how to modify proposed methods to the utensils at hand. His revelations make difficult recipes easier to attempt and allow for even more creativity and experimentation. Promising to answer your most compelling kitchen questions, Herve This continues to make the complex science of food digestible to the cook.

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Herv This is a physical chemist on the staff of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Paris. He is the author of Columbia's Molecular Gastronomy and of several other books on food and cooking. He is a monthly contributor to Pour la Science, the French-language edition of Scientific American.Jody Gladding is a poet and has translated twenty works from French, most recently, Madeleine Ferri re's Sacred Cow Mad Cow, which also appears in the Arts and Traditions of the Table series.


Series Editor's ForewordCooking and ScienceThe New Physiology of FlavorSoupMilkGels, Jellies, AspicsMayonnaiseThe Egg's IncarnationsA Successful Souffl ?CookingThe Boiled and the BouillonSteamingBraisingChicken Stew, Beef Stew, Veal StewQuestions of PressureRoastingDeep-FryingSaut s and GrillsEven More TenderSaltingMicrowavesVegetables: Color and FreshnessSauces: Creamy, Satiny, FlavorfulA Burning QuestionThe Salad: An Oasis of FreshnessYogurt and CheeseFruits of the HarvestIces and SorbetsCakes: Light and MeltingPastry Dough: Tart, Shortbread, and Puff PastrySugarBreadWineThe AlcoholsJamsTeaCold and CoolVinegarKitchen UtensilsMysteries of the KitchenGlossaryIndex

Product Details

  • publication date: 23/06/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780231141710
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9780231141710
  • weight: 454
  • ISBN10: 0231141718

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