Kitchen Mysteries Revealing the Science of Cooking

ISBN-10: 0231141718
ISBN-13: 9780231141710
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 8/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

An international celebrity and founder of molecular gastronomy, or the scientific investigation of culinary practice, Herv& eacute; 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, Herve 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& eacute; from falling. He illuminates abstract concepts with practical advice and concrete examples& mdash;for instance, how saut& eacute;ing in butter chemically alters the molecules of mushrooms& mdash;so that cooks of every stripe can thoroughly comprehend the scientific principles of food.Kitchen Mysteriesbegins 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& eacute; 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& eacute; explores the effects of boiling, steaming, braising, roasting, deep-frying, saut& eacute;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& eacute; 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, Herv& eacute This continues to make the complex science of food digestible to the cook.

Madeleine Ferri�res is professor of social history at the University of Avignon.Jody Gladding is a published poet and the translator of several works, including French Gastronomy: The History and Geography of a Passion.

Series Editor's Foreword
Cooking and Science
The New Physiology of Flavor
Soup
Milk
Gels, Jellies, Aspics
Mayonnaise
The Egg's Incarnations
A Successful Souffl�?
Cooking
The Boiled and the Bouillon
Steaming
Braising
Chicken Stew, Beef Stew, Veal Stew
Questions of Pressure
Roasting
Deep-Frying
Saut�s and Grills
Even More Tender
Salting
Microwaves
Vegetables: Color and Freshness
Sauces: Creamy, Satiny, Flavorful
A Burning Question
The Salad: An Oasis of Freshness
Yogurt and Cheese
Fruits of the Harvest
Ices and Sorbets
Cakes: Light and Melting
Pastry Dough: Tart, Shortbread, and Puff Pastry
Sugar
Bread
Wine
The Alcohols
Jams
Tea
Cold and Cool
Vinegar
Kitchen Utensils
Mysteries of the Kitchen
Glossary
Index

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