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If ingredients are the key building blocks to effective cooking then Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food from culinary scientist Ali Bouzari is the new accessible guide to finding out what really happens behind the scenes when you cook.
Whether you're a seasoned professional in the kitchen, or an interested amateur, the entertaining guide will appeal to all. Being no more about recipes than bombarding with science, instead it's an intelligent look at the essential ingredients that create recipes to give cooks "greater confidence, control, and ultimately creative freedom."
"Ingredients Have Personality"
Organised into eight chapters devoted to the rules behind the essential components of food (from lipids to heat) Bouzari navigates an intriguing path rather than focusing on traditional ingredients like eggs, etc.
"Each of the ingredients has a personality: a list of things that they can and can’t do. The personalities of each ingredient help us to recognize universal patterns in cooking," Bouzari tells Plateonline.
Having worked with a National Geographic photographer and a comic book artist the illustrated guide contains over 200 visuals that bring the 80 pages to life, in what looks set to be a neat addition to any keen cooks culinary arsenal.
Available from Harper Collins, 26 September 2016.