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The Science of Cooking
The Science of Cooking
by Peter Barham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £29.09

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, but ..., 1 Aug 2006
This review is from: The Science of Cooking (Hardcover)
I enjoyed reading this book, especially the chapter about chocolate (which I must re-read some time soon), BUT overall it was a bit like nouvelle cuisine: looks good, tastes good, but ultimately not entirely satisfying. It was more like a starter than a main course and because it is a hardback I do not consider it particularly good value for money (as a paperback at half the price it would be an excellent buy).

I was surprised by some omissions - for example there's nothing about the process of caramelisation, which is central to many sweet and savoury dishes. Also, it gets a bit too autobiographical for my taste - especially things like the lutefisk incident which used up several of its all-too-few pages.

If you're only going to buy one book on the science of food, it might be better to go for a more comprehensive tome but if you're assembling a collection of such books, this one should definitely be included.

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