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On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals (4th Edition) Hardcover – Jan 31 2006
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From the Back Cover
Attractively designed and extensively illustrated with color photographs, line drawings, charts and tables, this contemporary introduction to cooking and the culinary arts focuses on information relevant to today's students. Comprehensive and well written, and now offering a strong Media Program, On Cooking, 4/e emphasizes an understanding of cooking fundamentals, explores the contemporary dining option of vegetarian cooking, discusses nutrition and special health issues, and provides information on other relevant topics such as culinary history and food science.
- Test Kitchen Program offers over 140 in-chapter recipes tested by culinary schools assures recipe accuracy.
- Approximately 50 new recipes and expanded recipe variations add greater variety of recipes and offer additional basic, competency-based recipes.
- A strong Media Program packaged with each text includes:
DVD ROM—an interactive assessment tool
Cost Genie CD—a cost management tool
- New chapter Flavor and Flavorings explores distinguishing and understanding how flavoring affects taste & smell of foods; helps students develop flavor perception and be able to describe tastes.
- New section on the Flavors of Wine and Spirits located within the Flavors and Flavoring chapter identifies the major wine varieties and illustrates how to use wines and spirits in cooking.
- New chapter Vegetarian Cooking brings into focus an important contemporary dining option.
- Over 1800 original color photographs and line drawings illustrate preparation and presentation techniques and identify fresh foods and ingredients, tools, and equipment.
About the Author
Sarah R. Labensky, CCP
Chef Sarah is a cookbook author, cooking teacher, former working chef and caterer, active community volunteer and passionate culinary professional. She is currently employed as the Culinary Publications Specialist for FRP (Favorite Recipes Press) in Nashville. She joined FRP after serving as Founding Director of the Culinary Arts Institute at Mississippi University for Women. Previously, she was a Professor of Culinary Arts at Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College.
In her former life, Sarah was a practicing attorney, with a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a Culinary Certificate from Scottsdale Community College.
Sarah has co-authored or edited almost over a dozen culinary books, including the best-selling On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals (Prentice Hall, 1995; 4th ed. 2006) and the award-winning On Baking (Prentice Hall, 2005). Sarah is active in numerous professional organizations and is the Immediate Past-President of the IACP.
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In-depth coverage of each topic.
Wide coverage: covers everything from knife skills to herbs to hors d'vours to entrees to desserts.
Excellent illustrations and photographic series.
Probably required reading for you
Heavy, you'll want to make this class the only one of the day so you don't have to lug this book all over campus.
Bordering on dry, if nothing else, the chapters do get long.
If for home use, wait until the 5th edition comes out and then buy the 4th edition. I'd tell you to buy the 3rd edition now, but the 4th edition has some great additions over the 3rd.
If for school use, the 4th edition has some wonderful additions that you shouldn't skip over. If you need to save a few bucks by getting the 3rd edition and borrowing the 4th for those chapters, you'll get by. But, if not, go new or the best quality used you can get because you'll want to keep this book around after your class is over.
Now that I'm in my second year of classes, I still refer to my first book and it already has the tell tale signs of a very well used book - sticky pages, smudges and the sort.
I would recommend this to anybody, not just knowledgeable cooks. In fact, my mother-in-law wants one for Christmas and I'm going to buy it for her.