Why Do Lobsters Turn Red When You Cook Them?: Tasty Tidbits about the Science of Food and Cooking

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How can you tell an uncooked egg from a hardboiled egg without cracking it open? Is it really necessary to serve red and white wine in different types of glasses? Are there serious culinary uses for the microwave? Why does butter sometimes taste like the refrigerator? Can chili peppers actually burn a hole in your stomach? If you’ve ever been curious about the answers to these and similar kitchen questions, then Why Do Lobsters Turn Red When You Cook Them? is the book for you.

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Overview

How can you tell an uncooked egg from a hardboiled egg without cracking it open? Is it really necessary to serve red and white wine in different types of glasses? Are there serious culinary uses for the microwave? Why does butter sometimes taste like the refrigerator? Can chili peppers actually burn a hole in your stomach? If you’ve ever been curious about the answers to these and similar kitchen questions, then Why Do Lobsters Turn Red When You Cook Them? is the book for you.

Internationally renowned French chemist Hervé This offers tantalizing tidbits of the science behind food and cooking and their application to culinary basics, including how to toss a perfect salad, taste wine like a pro, and know when a loaf of bread has risen fully. You’ll learn how and why we do things the way we do in the kitchen, as well as dozens of simple techniques to improve your cooking.

Whether you're a cook, a science buff, or just someone who loves to eat, this delightful volume is a must-have compendium of little-known facts, tips, and tricks about what we eat and drink.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435119772
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 10/29/2009
  • Pages: 176

Meet the Author

Hervé This is a physical chemist on the staff of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Paris. He is the author of several books about food and cooking, including Molecular Gastronomy, and is a monthly contributor to Pour la Science, the French-language edition of Scientific American.

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