On Food and Cooking


Are you a food scientist? Or maybe you enjoy cooking for friends and family? Explore your culinary interests ranging from food production, the chemistry of cooking, holiday foods, world foods, food ethics, and a variety of delicious recipes.

One of the most interesting books I read in culinary school was Harold McGee’s On Food and Cooking. When reading this book, you can understand the why of certain techniques used in cooking such as browning meat or blanching vegetables. There’s a whole chapter dedicated to the amazing characteristics of eggs!




Similar explorations of the science behind cooking and eating are Culinary Reactions, by Simon Field, and The Kitchen as Laboratory, edited by César Vega.

Check out some food-related fiction to stir up your appetite. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake features a protagonist who can taste emotions in food! Or learn how to cook dishes from Spain, Portugal, France, Mexico, China, and Japan.

— Shirleanne

Red Books for Winter Break!

It’s nearly Winter Break, and that means you’ll soon have time to relax with a book.  Choose one that’s….RED! Just for fun, we’ve assembled a quirky assortment of these brightly colored titles.


Red Fiction: Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes is a quirky, non-traditional novel about love.  The Word Exchange, by Alena Graedon, offers an eerie, dystopian take on a world where words are disappearing in favor of memes.

Red History & Politics:  The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, by Christopher Clark. If you’re intrigued by the causes of the 1st World War, this is a richly detailed read.  Dear Leader:  My Escape from North Korea, by Jang Jin-Sung, tells the author’s story of his time as the poet to Kim Jong-Il, propping up the leader’s ego, and forming a member of his inner circle.  A series of events, from a forbidden volume of poetry to his increasing disgust with the gap between the haves and have nots caused him to flee for his life.  It’s a jarring story, and one that may appeal to readers of Catlin Gabel speaker Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son.


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