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Essentials of Food Science covers the basics of foods, food science, and food technology. The book is meant for the non-major intro course, whether taught in the food science or nutrition/dietetics department. In previous editions the book was organized around the USDA Food Pyramid which has been replaced. The revised pyramid will now be mentioned in appropriate chapters only. Other updates include new photos, website references, and culinary alerts for culinary and food preparation students. Two added topics include RFID (Radio frequency ID) tags, and trans fat disclosures. Includes updates on: food commodities, optimizing quality, laws, and food safety.
"This new edition … contains updates on ‘food commodities, optimizing quality, laws, and food safety,’ includes discussions on RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags and transfats, and incorporates the revised USDA food pyramid. This basic volume has most of the needed information and features helpful glossaries … . Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals; technical program students." (J. M. Jones, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (11), 2008)
Vickie A. Vaclavik is an assistant professor, and registered dietitian at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, in the Department of Clinical Nutrition. She instructs in Food Science, and Management and Foodservice Operations, as well as in a portion of the community practice component of Nutrition Education. She also instructs in Nutrition at the Dallas County Community College, and works with a local Culinary Arts Associates Degree program. She has taught for over 20 years. As well, she has written Food Science texts and a computer module on food safety.
Elizabeth W. Christian is an adjunct faculty member of the Texas Woman's University's Department of Nutrition & Food Sciences.
Preface.- World Wide Web Sites.- Introduction to Food Components: Evaluation of Food Quality.- Water.- Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates in Food – An Introduction.- Starches in Food.- Pectins and Gums.- Grains–Cereal, Flour, Rice, and Pasta.- Vegetables and Fruits.- Proteins: Proteins in Food – An Introduction.- Meat, Poultry, Fish, and Dry Beans.- Eggs and Egg Products.- Milk and Milk Products.- Fats: Fat and Oil Products.- Sugar, Sweeteners, and Confections.- Baked Products: Baked Products, Batters, and Dough.- Aspects of Food Production: Food Safety.- Food Preservation and Processing.- Food Additives.- Packaging of Food Products.- Government Regulation of the Food Supply: Government Regulations of the Food Supply and Labeling.- Appendix A – Bioengineered foods, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s).- Appendices.- Index.