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Understanding the Science of Food : From molecules to mouthfeel - Sharon Croxford

Understanding the Science of Food

From molecules to mouthfeel

Paperback Published: 26th July 2017
ISBN: 9781760296063
Number Of Pages: 424

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A foundational textbook for undergraduates outlining the theory and application of chemistry to all aspects of food and food processing systems.

Being able to understand the principles of food science is vital for the study of food, nutrition and the culinary arts. In this innovative text, the authors explain in straightforward and accessible terms the theory and application of chemistry to these fields.

The key processes in food preparation and the chemistry behind them are described in detail, including denaturation and coagulation of proteins, gelatinisation, gelation and retrogradation of starches, thickening and gelling, browning reactions, emulsification, foams and spherification, chemical, mechanical and biological leaveners and fermentation and preservation.

The text also describes the science of key cooking techniques, the science of the senses and the experience of food, food regulations and the future of healthy food. The origins of food are explored through a focus on the primary production of key staples and their journey to the table. Tips and advice from leading chefs as well as insights into emerging food science and cutting-edge nutrition research from around the world are included throughout, and reveal both the practical application of food chemistry and the importance of this field.

Featuring explanatory diagrams and illustrations throughout, Understanding the Science of Food is destined to become an essential reference for both students and professionals.

'An innovative and informative text that will address the need for a food science text suitable for nutrition and nutrition and dietetics students in Australia.'-Katherine Hanna, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology.

SHARON CROXFORD is a senior academic at La Trobe University and an accredited practising dietitian. She was lead editor of Food and Nutrition Throughout Life. EMMA STIRLING is a senior academic at La Trobe University and an accredited practising dietitian.

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SHARON CROXFORD is an accredited practising dietitian and senior academic at La Trobe University. She was co-editor of Food and Nutrition Throughout Life. EMMA STIRLING is an accredited practising dietitian and academic at La Trobe University.

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"An innovative and informative text that will address the need for a food science text suitable for nutrition and nutrition and dietetics students in Australia." --Katherine Hanna, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology

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Introduction

Part 1 Food components, introductory chemistry and food safety

1. Introductory chemistry

2. Food components

3. Food classifications and groupings

4. Food safety

Part 2 Unlocking key food chemistry reactions

5. Protein structure, denaturation and coagulation

6. Polysaccharide thickeners and gels

7. Sugar, browning and caramelisation

8. Emulsifiers, fats and foams

9. Chemical, mechanical and biological leaveners

10. Preservation and fermentation

Part 3 Enhancing cooking

11. Optimising cooking with phase transitions

12. Maximising the sensory experience

13. Gazing into a healthy food future

Appendix 1. Food regulations in Australia and New Zealand

Appendix 2. A scientific approach in the kitchen

Index

ISBN: 9781760296063
ISBN-10: 1760296066
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 26th July 2017
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 17.6  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.88

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