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Science and Cooking: Physics Meets Food, From Homemade to Haute Cuisine

by Michael Brenner, Pia Sörensen, & David Weitz


Based on the popular Harvard University and edX course, Science and Cooking explores the scientific basis of why recipes work.


The spectacular culinary creations of modern cuisine are the stuff of countless articles and social media feeds. But to a scientist they are also perfect pedagogical explorations into the basic scientific principles of cooking. In Science and Cooking, Harvard professors Michael Brenner, Pia Sörensen, and David Weitz bring the classroom to your kitchen to teach the physics and chemistry underlying every recipe.


Why do we knead bread? What determines the temperature at which we cook a steak, or the amount of time our chocolate chip cookies spend in the oven? Science and Cooking answers these questions and more through hands-on experiments and recipes from renowned chefs such as Christina Tosi, Joanne Chang, and Wylie Dufresne, all beautifully illustrated in full color. With engaging introductions from revolutionary chefs and collaborators Ferran Adria and José Andrés, Science and Cooking will change the way you approach both subjects―in your kitchen and beyond.


Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co. (Illustrated edition)

Publication Date: Oct 20, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 320

Dimensions: 7.3 x 9.6in

ISBN: 9780393634921

Science and Cooking

SKU: 9780393634921
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