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Natureserious and substantive anthology
— Harold McGee
Eating is a multisensory experience, yet chefs and scientists have only recently begun to deconstruct food's components, setting the stage for science-based cooking. In this global collaboration of essays, chefs and scientists advance culinary knowledge by testing hypotheses rooted in the physical and chemical properties of food. Using traditional and cutting-edge tools, ingredients, and techniques, these pioneers create, and sometimes revamp, dishes that respond to specific desires and serve up an original ...
Eating is a multisensory experience, yet chefs and scientists have only recently begun to deconstruct food's components, setting the stage for science-based cooking. In this global collaboration of essays, chefs and scientists advance culinary knowledge by testing hypotheses rooted in the physical and chemical properties of food. Using traditional and cutting-edge tools, ingredients, and techniques, these pioneers create, and sometimes revamp, dishes that respond to specific desires and serve up an original encounter with gastronomic practice.
From the seemingly mundane to the food fantastic — from grilled cheese sandwiches, pizzas, and soft-boiled eggs to Turkish ice cream, sugar glasses, and jellified beads — the essays in The Kitchen as Laboratory cover a range of creations and their history and culture. They consider the significance of an eater's background and dining atmosphere and the importance of a chef's methods, as well as the strategies used to create a great diversity of foods and dishes. This collection will delight experts and amateurs alike, especially as restaurants rely more on science-based cooking and recreational cooks increasingly explore the physics and chemistry behind their art. Contributors end each essay with their personal thoughts on food, cooking, and science, offering rare insight into a professional's passion for playing with food.
Columbia University Press
— Harold McGee
Refreshingly, the Kitchen conveys simple and attainable advice...
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Case for Science Inspired by the Kitchen, by César Vega, Job Ubbink, and Erik van der Linden 1. The Science of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, by Jennifer Kimmel2. Sound Appeal, by Malcolm Povey3. Mediterranean Sponge Cake, by Cristina de Lorenzo and Sergio Laguarda 4. Spherification: Faux Caviar and Skinless Ravioli, by César Vega and Pere Castells5. Konjac Dondurma: Designing a Sustainable and Stretchable "Fox Testicle" Ice Cream, by Arielle Johnson, Kent Kirshenbaum, and Anne E. McBride 6. Stretchy Textures in the Kitchen: Insights from Salep Dondurma, by Tim J. Foster7. Moussaka as an Introduction to Food Chemistry, by Christos Ritzoulis8. The Sticky Science of Malaysian Dodol, by Alias A. Karim and Rajeev Bhat9. The Perfect Cookie Dough, by Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot10. To Bloom or Not to Bloom, by Amelia Frazier and Richard Hartel11. Bacon: The Slice of Life, by Timothy Knight12. Scandinavian "Sushi": The Raw Story, by Pia Snitkjær and Louise M. Mortensen 13. Maximizing Food Flavor by Speeding Up the Maillard Reaction, by Martin Lersch14. Lighten Up! The Role of Gases in the Culinary Experience, by Matt Golding15. The Meringue Concept and Its Variations, by Peter Wierenga, Helen Hofstede, Erik van der Linden, Sidney Schutte, and Jonnie Boer16. Why Does Cold Milk Foam Better? Into the Nature of Milk Foam, by Julia Maldonado-Valderrama, Peter J. Wilde, and María J. Gálvez-Ruiz17. Ice Cream Unlimited: The Possibilities of Ingredient Pairing, by Elke Scholten and Miriam Peters18. Egg Yolk: A Library of Textures, by César Vega19. Ketchup as Tasty Soft Matter: The Case of Xanthan Gum, by Thomas Vilgis20. Taste and Mouthfeel of Soups and Sauces, by John R. Mitchell21. Playing with Sound: Crispy Crusts, by Paula Varela and Susana Fiszman22. Baked Alaska and Frozen Florida: On the Physics of Heat Transfer, by Adam Burbidge23. On Superb Crackling Duck Skin: An Homage to Nicholas Kurti, by Christopher Young and Nathan Myhrvold24. Sweet Physics: Sugar, Sugar Blends, and Sugar Glasses, by Natalie Russ and Thomas Vilgis25. Coffee, Please, but No Bitters, by Jan Groenewold and Eke Mariën26. Turning Waste into Wealth: On Bones, Stocks, and Sauce Reductions, by Job Ubbink27. Restructuring Pig Trotters: Fine Chemistry Supporting the Creative Culinary Process, by Jorge Ruiz and Julia Calvarro28. Innovate: Old World Pizza Crust with New World Ingredients, by Thomas M. Tongue Jr.29. Eating Is Believing, by Line Holler Mielby and Michael Bom Frøst30. Molecular Gastronomy Is a Scientific Activity, by Hervé This31. The Pleasure of Eating: The Integration of Multiple Senses, by Juan-Carlos Arboleya, Daniel Lasa, Oswaldo Oliva, Javier Vergara, and Andoni Luis-Aduriz32. On the Fallacy of Cooking from Scratch, by César Vega and David J. McClements33. Science and Cooking: Looking Beyond the Trends a Personal, Practical Approach, by Michael LaiskonisContributorsIndex
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