On Food and Cooking

The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

By Harold J. McGee; Patricia Dorfman (Illustrator); Justin Greene (Illustrator)
(Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9780684800011, 884pp.)

Publication Date: November 2004

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Harold McGee's "On Food and Cooking "is a kitchen classic. Hailed by "Time "magazine as "a minor masterpiece" when it first appeared in 1984, "On Food and Cooking "is the bible to which food lovers and professional chefs worldwide turn for an understanding of where our foods come from, what exactly they're made of, and how cooking transforms them into something new and delicious.
Now, for its twentieth anniversary, Harold McGee has prepared a new, fully revised and updated edition of "On Food and Cooking." He has rewritten the text almost completely, expanded it by two-thirds, and commissioned more than 100 new illustrations. As compulsively readable and engaging as ever, the new "On Food and Cooking "provides countless eye-opening insights into food, its preparation, and its enjoyment.
"On Food and Cooking "pioneered the translation of technical food science into cook-friendly kitchen science and helped give birth to the inventive culinary movement known as "molecular gastronomy." Though other books have now been written about kitchen science, "On Food and Cooking "remains unmatched in the accuracy, clarity, and thoroughness of its explanations, and the intriguing way in which it blends science with the historical evolution of foods and cooking techniques.
"On Food and Cooking "is an invaluable and monumental compendium of basic information about ingredients, cooking methods, and the pleasures of eating. It will delight and fascinate anyone who has ever cooked, savored, or wondered about food.



About the Author
McGee earned his B.S. from the California Institute of Technology and his doctorate in English Literature from Yale, where he subsequently taught. He now lives in Palo Alto, California, and writes about science.



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