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Food Bites

The Science of the Foods We Eat

Hartel, Richard W., Hartel, AnnaKate

2008, First softcover printing 2013, IX, 190 p. 2 illus.

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  • Engaging and approachable for specialist and general reader alike
  • Two-part format covers fascinating food science as well as applications
  • Based on newspapers columns from the Capital Times of Madison

What goes into making the food you eat? From sliced bread for sandwiches to shredded lettuce for salads, your food takes an incredible journey before it even reaches your plate, and along the way it has been processed and packaged for your convenience. As food preparation increasingly moves from home kitchens to industrial processing plants, the real magic behind a tasty meal is science.

 

Peppered with startling insights and humor, Food Bites: The Science of the Foods We Eat offers an appealing, detailed exploration into not only how science is applied to everyday foods, but the science behind them. From apple cider to milk shakes, fruit cakes to pop rocks, this book provides answers to such questions as:

 

- Is the quality of beer really affected by the type of water used?

- Is shelf life dating good or bad?

- Are animal crackers indeed crackers, or are they really cookies?

- How safe is the food we eat?

- Should butter, margarine or shortening be used to make holiday cookies?

- Who is better: Mom or Betty Crocker?

 

In this collection of his columns from The Capital Times, expert food science writer Richard Hartel, and his daughter AnnaKate Hartel, explain why honey crystallizes, examine the spreadability of butter, explore the magic of gelatin, detail the history of oreo cookies, and reveal key aspects of food science in a style that engages as it informs. In all, Food Bites features more than 50 easy to digest articles, offering a treasure trove of knowledge and practical information.

 

“A sweet and savory read for everyone interested in food.” – Linda Brazil, Capital Times

" Food Bites is an entertaining reference for curious cooks." - Rebecca Dalzell, Saveur

 

About the Authors

Richard Hartel is a professor of food science at The University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is a regular contributor to The Capital Times. In addition to his active research program and classes, he teaches an annual summer candy course sponsored by the National Confectioners Association. He was named a 2005 Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologiests, and Nonprofit society dedicated to making food better. He is also a consultant for numerous food companies on a variety of issues.

 

AnnaKate Hartel is currently an undergraduate student at Northland College in Ashland, WI, and is planning on attending graduate school for an advanced degree in English. Ms. Hartel is also the proud owner of a nosey cat and two beta fish.

Content Level » Popular/general

Related subjects » Food Science & Nutrition - Popular Science

Table of contents 

What is Food Science.- Processed Foods: Good or Bad?.- Vintage Wines and Chocolates.- Preserving Strawberries, and Other Foods.- Science Projects in Your Refrigerator.- Freeze Drying – High-Quality Food.- Does Your Food Glow in the Dark.- Is Your Food Safe?.- Food Safety and Mobile Food Carts.- At Work in a Vale of Tears.- Are All Microorganisms in Food Bad?.- Probiotics – The Growth of Cultured Foods.- How to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown.- Churning the Butter.- What Side Is Your Bread Buttered on?.- Butter or Margarine?.- Chocolate Flavor.- Rice in Your Salt Shaker.- Frost on Your Berries.- Lucky Charms – A Lesson in Creativity and Marketing.- Developing New Ice cream Flavors.-  Oreos Spawn Host of New Products.- Sparkler Spice! for Your Veggies?.- It Is All in the Packaging.- Shelf Life Dating – Good or Bad?.- Intelligent Packages.- Juice Boxes for Your Convenience.- Beware of Low-Carb Diets.- May Contain Peanuts! - What is a Food Allergy?.- Uses of Chocolate Pudding.- The Magic of Gelatin.- Pretzels.- Peanut Butter.- Cheddarwurst.- Ice - From Nature to Frozen Desserts.- It is Popsicle Time.- Neapolitan Ice Cream.- Sprinkles or Jimmies?.- California or Wisconsin Raisins?.- Eat Your Tomatoes Raw or Cooked - Just Eat Them.- Fruit Leather.- Preserving Apples for Next Spring.- Fruitcake: A Scorned Food.- Mom Versus Betty Crocker: Is Cake Made from Scratch Better Than Cake Made from a Box?.- Holiday Cookies - Butter, Margarine or Shortening?.- Animal Crackers or Cookies?.- Skunky Beer for Oktoberfest?.- This Oktoberfest, Drink the Beer, Not the Water.- Fresh Orange Juice.- Apple Cider.- Egg Nog - A Safe Holiday Tradition.- Kool Aid or Tang?.- Milk Shakes and Brain Freeze.- Circus Peanuts.- Marshmallow Peeps.- Salt Water Taffy.- Caramel.- Life is Like a Box of Chocolates.- Hollow Chocolate Bunnies.- Chocolate Gone Bad.

It Is All in the Packaging.- Shelf Life Dating – Good or Bad?.- Intelligent Packages.- Juice Boxes for Your Convenience.- Beware of Low-Carb Diets.- May Contain Peanuts! - What is a Food Allergy?.- Uses of Chocolate Pudding.- The Magic of Gelatin.- Pretzels.- Peanut Butter.- Cheddarwurst.- Ice - From Nature to Frozen Desserts.- It is Popsicle Time.- Neapolitan Ice Cream.- Sprinkles or Jimmies?.- California or Wisconsin Raisins?.- Eat Your Tomatoes Raw or Cooked - Just Eat Them.- Fruit Leather.- Preserving Apples for Next Spring.- Fruitcake: A Scorned Food.- Mom Versus Betty Crocker: Is Cake Made from Scratch Better Than Cake Made from a Box?.- Holiday Cookies - Butter, Margarine or Shortening?.- Animal Crackers or Cookies?.- Skunky Beer for Oktoberfest?.- This Oktoberfest, Drink the Beer, Not the Water.- Fresh Orange Juice.- Apple Cider.- Egg Nog - A Safe Holiday Tradition.- Kool Aid or Tang?.- Milk Shakes and Brain Freeze.- Circus Peanuts.- Marshmallow Peeps.- Salt Water Taffy.- Caramel.- Life is Like a Box of Chocolates.- Hollow Chocolate Bunnies.- Chocolate Gone Bad.

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