How Baking Works: Exploring the Fundamentals of Baking Science

Author(s): Paula I. Figoni

Cooking & Food

Students in culinary and baking programs become professional chefs and bakers/pastry chefs by learning the techniques and procedures to execute dishes. As cooking and baking programs have expanded and the demands from industry have increased, the need to learn the "whys" has become more important. For example, if you double the sugar in a pound cake, how does that affect the appearance, flavor, and texture of the end product? This book takes the future pastry chef and baker through the major ingredient groups, explaining how sweeteners, fats, milk, leavening agents, etc. work and provides end of chapter exercises and lab experiments to reinforce concepts.


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Paula Figoni is a food scientist and associate professor at the International Baking and Pastry Institute in the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in 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: Fats, Oils, and Emulsifiers. Chapter 10: Eggs and Egg Products. Chapter 11: Leavening Agents. Chapter 12: Thickening and Gelling Agents. Chapter 13: Milk and Milk Products. Chapter 14: Nuts and Seeds. Chapter 15: Cocoa and Chocolate Products. Chapter 16: Fruit and Fruit Products. Chapter 17: Natural and Artificial Flavorings. Chapter 18: Baking for Health and Wellness. Bibliography. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780470392676
  • : John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • : John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • : November 2010
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paula I. Figoni
  • : Paperback
  • : 3rd Revised edition
  • : 641.815
  • : 528
  • : illustrations