How Baking Works

Author(s): Paula I. Figoni

Cooking & Food

Understanding and applying food science to the bakeshop - now revised and updated, "How Baking Works, Second Edition" thoroughly covers the entire baking process, emphasizing the "whys" at work behind basic techniques. The book takes the user through the major ingredient groups, explaining how sweeteners, fats, milk, leavening agents, and other ingredients affect the appearance, flavor, and texture of the end product. The coverage also includes scaling and measurements, heat transfer, and sensory properties in baking.This revised and updated Second Edition features: hands-on exercises and experiments at the end of each chapter, with many involving the sensory evaluation of ingredients; expanded coverage of sweeteners, variety grains, enzymes, starch structure and gelatinization, and gluten structure; important coverage of changes to federal laws, such as food allergen labeling; coverage reflecting consumer awareness of nutrition and health, including information on dietary fiber, trans fats, and trans-free fats in the baking context; more photographs to illustrate the science of baking; and, end-of-chapter questions that both review content and require readers to apply and synthesize what they've learned.


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Paula Figoni is a food scientist and associate professor in the International Baking and Pastry Institute in the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island. She has more than ten years of experience in product development and food science at The Pillsbury Company and Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

Preface. Chapter 1. Introduction to Baking. Chapter 2. Heat Transfer. Chapter 3. Overview of the Baking Process. Chapter 4. Sensory Properties of Food. Chapter 5. Wheat Flour. Chapter 6. Variety Grains and Flours. Chapter 7. Gluten. Chapter 8. Sugar and Other Sweeteners. Chapter 9. Thickening and Gelling Agents. Chapter 10. Fats, Oils, and Emulsifiers. Chapter 11. Eggs and Egg Products. Chapter 12. Milk and Milk Products. Chapter 13. Leavening Agents. Chapter 14. Natural and Artificial Flavorings. Chapter 15. Fruit and Fruit Products. Chapter 16. Nuts and Seeds. Chapter 17. Cocoa and Chocolate Products. Bibliography. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780471747239
  • : October 2007
  • : 276mm X 219mm X 23mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paula I. Figoni
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : 641.71
  • : 416
  • : ill