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Building a Meal: From Molecular Gastronomy to Culinary Constructivism

Building a Meal: From Molecular Gastronomy to Culinary Constructivism

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 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, Herve 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.

Code: 102361

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Culinary Reactions - The Everyday Chemistry Of Cooking

Culinary Reactions - The Everyday Chemistry Of Cooking

When you're cooking, you're a chemist! Every time you follow or modify a recipe you are experimenting with acids and bases, emulsions and suspensions, gels and foams. In your kitchen you denature proteins, crystallize compounds, react enzymes with substrates, and nurture desired microbial life while suppressing harmful microbes. And unlike in a laboratory, you can eat your experiments to verify your hypotheses. In Culinary Reactions, author Simon Field explores the chemistry behind the recipes you follow every day. How does altering the ratio of flour, sugar, yeast, salt, butter, and water affect how high bread rises? Why is whipped cream made with nitrous oxide rather than the more common carbon dioxide? And why does Hollandaise sauce fall for "clarified" butter? This easy-to-follow primer even includes recipes to demonstrate the concepts being discussed, including Whipped Creamsicle Topping (a foam), Cherry Dream Cheese (a protein gel), and Lemonade with Chameleon Eggs (an acid indicator). It even shows you how to extract DNA from a Halloween pumpkin. You'll never look at your graduated cylinders, Bunsen burners, and beakers . . . er, measuring cups, stovetop burners, and mixing bowls . . . the same way again. Simon Field is the author of Why There's Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste, Gonzo Gizmos, and The Return of Gonzo Gizmos, and is the creator of the popular Web site www.scitoys.com.

Code: 103834

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Evolution - Techniques and Ingredients for Modern Pastry by Jordi Puigvert

Evolution - Techniques and Ingredients for Modern Pastry by Jordi Puigvert

Introducing new and advantageous ingredients, simplifying the processes, improving the performance and applications of each product; in short, optimizing the technical side of pastry to the maximum. This is what evolutionary pastry is about, which Jordi Puigvert practices and teaches all over the world as a technical advisor for countless firms.

In a didactic way, and with numerous step-by-step pictures for each technique, the book focuses on the so-called ‘technological’ ingredients, revealing their little known applications in pastry products. Puigvert proves that there are ingredients available to the artisans nowadays which do not subtract quality or nobility from a product at all, but allow to obtain magnificent results regarding texture, preservation and better interaction with other ingredients.

Jordi Puigvert has traveled the world teaching pastry and culinary professionals the results of his research and technical progresses. As for the regular courses he gives, places like Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, the USA or Taiwan –among other– are usual on his agenda.

If there is a natural ingredient, with an origin and extraction method similar to that of the usual ones, and which provides us with practical and specific solutions in our daily tasks, why shouldn’t we use it?
Jordi Puigvert has deeply researched the technical possibilities of gelling and thickening agents, emulsifiers, etc. with a very clear objective – offering the pastry professional specific solutions to fight off everyday problems.
In this section, all the complete recipes worked throughout the book are compiled. It is a total of 20 creations of modern pastry (cakes, desserts, marshmallows, macaroons, etc.) with over 60 components, as well as their final assembly

How can we whip a meringue without applying heat, without using egg whites and still obtaining the greatest stability?

How can a gelatin withstand temperatures of up to 80ºC –for example inside a cake– and still hold its structure?

How can we keep a frozen product from losing water while thawing?

How can we make a cuttable pistachio praliné without the need for chocolate couverture or cocoa butter?

How can we easily turn a regular mousse into a frozen one without modifying the basic recipe?

Find the answers to these questions and more inside EVOLUTION

Preparation processes with step-by-step photographs
20 application techniques
Datasheets of all the products
60 recipes

Pages: 240
Dimension: 280mm X 230mm
Author: PUIGVERT, JORDI

Code: 102401

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Haute Chinese Cuisine from the Kitchen of Wakiya (Hardcover)

Haute Chinese Cuisine from the Kitchen of Wakiya (Hardcover)

Yuji Wakiyas impressive creative talent for serving authentic Chinese recipes and ingredients has revolutionized the perception of that nations cuisine. He has taken food that too often has been seen as a take-out staple steeped in artificial additives and given it layers of delicate, subtle flavor and an elegant touch, resulting in what can only be called haute Chinese.

Code: 100436

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Ingredients

Ingredients

The long awaited re-print of Ingredients has finally arrived! Considered to be one of the best reference books for many years, the publishers have responded to customer demand and produced a re-run of this legendary title.

Enjoying relatively easy access to the world market, and vastly improved growing, production and importation methods, specialty shops and supermarkets are now filled with delicious foods from near and far.

It is little wonder that with this great 'food boom' has come general confusion about exactly what everything is, and how to use it.

Ingredients is designed as the essential reference for every cook and food lover. Containing more than 2000 colour photographs of produce from both hemispheres, with text that takes away any confusion, this is a fascinating, comprehenseve guide to all you need to know about the nuts and bolts of food.

Code: 5352

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Larousse Gastronomique

Larousse Gastronomique

-Includes elegent new display case.

"Larousse Gastronomique", the world's classic culinary reference book, is known for its authoritative and comprehensive collection of recipes.

Here it is brought up to date for 2009 in an attractive edition containing over 900 new colour and black and white photographs. All chapters have been read and edited by field specialists, and 85 biographies of chefs have been added. Entries have also been regrouped for increased accessibility.

Originally created by Prosper Montagne and published in 1938, this essential addition to any kitchen has withstood the test of time and become an invaluable source of information for every enthusiastic cook.

Without the exaggeration and extravagant distractions of many of today's cookery titles, "New Larousse Gastronomique" contains recipes, tips, cooking styles and origins for almost every dish in history.

Code: 195

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Molecular Basics: Fundamental Principles and Recipes by Heiko Antoniewicz

Molecular Basics: Fundamental Principles and Recipes by Heiko Antoniewicz

This is the first step by step guide to the innovative cuisine of Molecular Gastronomy.

Heiko Antoniewicz describes the fundamentals and techniques of molecular cuisine using some of the most commonly found ingredients and showcases them in 60 fantastic recipes.

For example: Tomato Sheet with Goat's Milk Cream Cheese, Scallops with Raspberry Vinaigrette, Woodruff Punch with Berries or Tee Pasta with Pineapple - just very few of the wide range of delicious dishes and drinks that can be made. The recipes explain what spherification, foams, gels, thickeners and combined agents are, and how they are used.

In addition, step-by-step colour photographs and comprehensive information about the texturisers will guarantee success.

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Contents-

-Applications Table
-Description of the Texturisers, Step-by-Step Descriptions of the Most Important Techniques and Recipes
-Spherification
-Foams
-Gelling
-Thickeners
-Combined Applications
-Suppliers
-Recipe Index

Code: 102151

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Mugaritz - A Natural Science Of Cooking by Andoni Luis Aduriz

Mugaritz - A Natural Science Of Cooking by Andoni Luis Aduriz

Mugaritz - Spain . Ranked #9 in the top 100 restaurants of the world 2017.

Ranked #9, 2016
Ranked #6, 2015
Ranked #6, 2014
Ranked #4, 2013
Ranked #3, 2012
Ranked #3, 2011
Ranked #5, 2010
Ranked #4, 2009
Ranked #4, 2008
Ranked #7, 2007


Mugaritz in northern Spain, has long been considered one of Spain's most influential restaurants, and Andoni Aduriz one of its most talented and creative chefs.

Mugaritz was recently voted number three in the S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards. Aduriz has been called a "genius" by 'Food and Wine Magazine', and "a cult figure among Europe's young avant-garde Chefs." In 'Mugaritz', his first major cookbook, Aduriz reveals for the first time the creative process behind his dishes, wile featuring 70 recipes sure to inspire chefs and food lovers around the world.

Anduriz is well known for his interest and knowledge of nature, his embracing of new techniques, and his collaborations; all visible in this beautiful, richly illustrated cookbook. 'Mugaritz' is organized into thematic chapters about the history of the restaurant, it's relationship with nature, the new culinary language that Aduriz has developed, the techniques behind the dishes, and the experience of the guest.

Each chapter is illustrated with exclusive Mugaritz archive material, and atmospheric recipe photographs. This is a must have book for anybody interested in fine dining, avant garde cusine, creativity and food culture. 'Mugaritz' will be one of the most talked about cookbooks of the season.

Code: 101936

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Organum by Peter Gilmore

Organum by Peter Gilmore

Quay - Australia. Ranked #95 in the top 100 restaurants of the world 2017

Ranked #98, 2016
Ranked #37, 2014
Ranked #48, 2013
Ranked #29, 2012
Ranked #26, 2011
Ranked #27, 2010
Ranked #46, 2009

While there is a layered complexity to world-renowned chef Peter Gilmore's ethereal - yet grounded - cuisine, his philosophy of cooking is relatively simple. Just four elements are required to create perfect unison in a dish: nature, texture, intensity and purity. In his new book, Peter invites the reader to share in his private obsession with nature - when not in the kitchen at Sydney's Quay restaurant, he is working in his experimental garden where he grows a huge array of edible plant species.

Each component of a plant, from sweet, earthy roots to bitter fronds and fragrant blossoms, is potentially destined for inclusion in one of the 40 exquisite dishes featured here. Peter also introduces us to the many influences on his cooking, and to the people who grow, catch and source key ingredients. Images include intensely beautiful food and ingredient shots, as well as producers and produce photographed on location.

About the Author

Peter Gilmore has been the executive chef of Quay restaurant since August 2001 and in that time has elevated the restaurant to 3-hat status for the past 8 years. Peter's creative and original food has brought Quay international accolades and the restaurant was recently ranked one of the top 50 restaurants in the world.

His unique philosophy is 'food inspired by nature' and he encapsulates this in his picture perfect dishes that celebrate nature's beauty and diversity.

Code: 102728

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Patisserie by William & Suzue Curley

Patisserie by William & Suzue Curley

'A profoundly pleasurable book which offers that rare combination of daring, accomplished technique illuminated with extraordinary simplicity and clarity. His latest must-have book will inspire and delight.' Michel and Alain Roux

Patisserie reflects award-winning chocolatier, William Curley's passion for taking classic recipes and modernizing them with his own innovations.

Creating top-quality patisserie is often seen as something only a trained professional can do, however with patisserie equipment now easily accessible to all, William hopes to unscramble the mystique of his exquisite creations and get everyone making perfect patisserie in the home kitchen.

Patisserie processes are broken down into a step-by-step guide complete with expert knowledge to produce flawless creations every time.

A series of basic recipes – covering sponges, creams and custards, pastry and syrups – will provide a solid foundation in patisserie techniques as well as inspiration for aspiring creative pastry chefs. At the same time, some classic recipes, from Rhum Baba to Tarte Alsacienne, are given a modern adaptation using William's unique blend of flavours.

William has always had a long-term ambition to bring patisserie to this country as an accessible, affordable yet uncompromising luxury. His main focus is to arouse and surprise the taste buds. A pleasure that he hopes he can bring to everyone, through the recipes in this gorgeous book.

Code: 102627

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