The Science of the Oven (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)

By Hervé This

Mayonnaise "takes" while a sequence of beverages shape a semisolid consistency. Eggs, a liquid, develop into sturdy as they're heated, while, below a similar stipulations, solids soften. while meat is roasted, its floor browns and it acquires flavor and texture. What bills for those impressive transformations?

The solution: chemistry and physics. together with his trademark eloquence and wit, Hervé This launches a wry research into the chemical paintings of cooking. Unraveling the technology at the back of universal culinary procedure and perform, Hervé This breaks nutrition right down to its molecular parts and suits them to cooking's chemical reactions. He interprets the advanced tactics of the oven into daily wisdom for pro cooks and informal chefs, and he demystifies the which means of style and the making of style. He describes the houses of beverages, salts, sugars, oils, and fat and defines the foundations of culinary perform, which endow nutrition with sensual in addition to dietary value.

For enthusiasts of Hervé This's renowned volumes and for these new to his celebrated method, The technological know-how of the Oven expertly expands the probabilities of the kitchen, fusing the body structure of style with the molecular constitution of our bodies and food.

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