On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold J. McGee

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

Harold J. McGee
RRP $65.45 Save 16%! ($10.64)
Price $54.81 with FREE shipping!
Buy this and get 55 Nile Miles
Ships from USA Expected delivery Sep 13 – Sep 19
User Rating
Rating saved


  • ISBN
    9780684800011 / 0684800012
  • Title On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
  • Author Harold J. McGee
  • Category Cookery / Food & Drink Etc
  • Format
  • Year 2006
  • Pages 884
  • Publisher
    Scribner Book Company
  • Imprint Scribner
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 170mm x 46mm x 236mm


Compulsively readable and engaging, this updated volume covers every aspect of how food is grown, harvested, cooked, eaten, and digested. Winner of the James Beard KitchenAid Book Award in 2005, and the 2005 IACP Crystal Whisk Award.

Publisher Description

Harold McGee's “On Food and Cooking” is a kitchen classic. Hailed by “Time” magazine as “a minor masterpiece” when it first appeared in 1984, “On Food and Cooking” is the bible to which food lovers and professional chefs worldwide turn for an understanding of where our foods come from, what exactly they're made of, and how cooking transforms them into something new and delicious.

Now, for its twentieth anniversary, Harold McGee has prepared a new, fully revised and updated edition of “On Food and Cooking.” He has rewritten the text almost completely, expanded it by two-thirds, and commissioned more than 100 new illustrations. As compulsively readable and engaging as ever, the new “On Food and Cooking” provides countless eye-opening insights into food, its preparation, and its enjoyment.

“On Food and Cooking” pioneered the translation of technical food science into cook-friendly kitchen science and helped give birth to the inventive culinary movement known as “molecular gastronomy.” Though other books have now been written about kitchen science, “On Food and Cooking” remains unmatched in the accuracy, clarity, and thoroughness of its explanations, and the intriguing way in which it blends science with the historical evolution of foods and cooking techniques.

Among the major themes addressed throughout this new edition are:

Traditional and modern methods of food production and their influences on food quality The great diversity of methods by which people in different places and times have prepared the same ingredients Tips for selecting the best ingredients and preparing them successfully The particular substances that give foods their flavors and that give us pleasure Our evolving knowledge of the health benefits and risks of foods

“On Food and Cooking” is an invaluable and monumental compendium of basic information about ingredients, cooking methods, and the pleasures of eating. It will delight and fascinate anyone who has ever cooked, savored, or wondered about food.

“I have used Harold McGee's ”On Food and Cooking“ for the last two decades whenever I've had questions on the chemistry of food or to understand some aspect of the cooking process. This extraordinary, new, expanded edition will occupy a place of prominence on my bookshelf.” - Jacques Pepin, author of “Jacques and Julia Cooking at Home” and “The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen”"

Author Biography

McGee earned his B.S. from the California Institute of Technology and his doctorate in English Literature from Yale, where he subsequently taught. He now lives in Palo Alto, California, and writes about science.

Write a review

(never shown publicly)

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen