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Best Before : The Evolution and Future of Processed Food - Nicola Temple

Best Before

The Evolution and Future of Processed Food

Paperback Published: 1st May 2018
ISBN: 9781472941442
Number Of Pages: 288

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Long before there was the ready meal, humans processed food to preserve it and make it safe. From fire to fermentation, our ancestors survived periods of famine by changing the very nature of their food. This ability to process food has undoubtedly made us one of the most successful species on the planet, but have we gone too far?

Through manipulating chemical reactions and organisms, scientists have unlocked all kinds of methods of to improve food longevity and increase supply, from apples that stay fresh for weeks to cheese that is matured over days rather than months. And more obscure types of food processing, such as growing steaks in a test-tube and 3D-printed pizzas, seem to have come straight from the pages of a science-fiction novel. These developments are keeping up with the changing needs of the demanding consumer, but we only tend notice them when the latest scaremongering headline hits the news.

Best Before puts processed food into perspective. It explores how processing methods have evolved in many of the foods that we love in response to big business, consumer demand, health concerns, innovation, political will, waste and even war. Best Before arms readers with the information they need to be rational consumers, capable of making informed decisions about their food.

About the Author

Nicola Temple is a biologist, conservationist and science writer. Her writing has taken her from the precipices of volcanoes in Ethiopia to the banks of salmon streams in Canada's temperate rainforest. Based in Bristol, Nicola works with universities, research councils and individuals to develop engaging science stories on how research has an impact beyond the closeted world of academia.

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Introduction: I'll Have That with a Side of Pragmatism Please

Chapter 1: Have We Tinkered Too Much?

Chapter 2: Maturity Doesn't Necessarily come with Age

Chapter 3: Breaking Bread

Chapter 4: Ripe for the Picking

Chapter 5: Processed Protein

Chapter 6: No Added Sugar

Chapter 7: The Convenience Conundrum

Chapter 8: Really Really Small Stuff

Chapter 9: The Future of Food Processing

Selected References



ISBN: 9781472941442
ISBN-10: 1472941446
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st May 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 13.4  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.3

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