Building a Meal: From Molecular Gastronomy to Culinary Constructivism by Hervé This

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  • Yum.Fi

    For those who have heard the term ‘molecular gastronomy’ but don’t really know what it entails, this is a highly recommended book that will serve as a great starter to a relatively new subject.

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  • ISBN 10 0231144660
  • ISBN 13 9780231144667
  • Published Feb 19 2009
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Columbia University Press

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An internationally renowned chemist, popular television personality, and bestselling author, Hervé This heads the first laboratory devoted to molecular gastronomy - the scientific exploration of cooking and eating. By the testing recipes that have guided cooks for centuries, and the various dictums and maxims on which they depend, Hervé This unites the head with the hand in order to defend and transform culinary practice.

With this new book, Hervé This's scientific project enters an exciting new phase. Considering the preparation of six bistro favorites - hard-boiled egg with mayonnaise, simple consommé, leg of lamb with green beans, steak with French fries, lemon meringue pie, and chocolate mousse - he isolates the exact chemical properties that tickle our senses and stimulate our appetites. More important, he connects the mind and the stomach, identifying methods of culinary construction that appeal to our memories, intelligence, and creativity. By showing that the creation of a meal is as satisfying as its consumption, Hervé This recalibrates the balance between food and our imaginations. The result is a revolutionary perspective that will tempt even the most casual cooks to greater flights of experimentation.



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