Mouthfeel: How Texture Makes Taste by Ole Mouritsen

Mouthfeel: How Texture Makes Taste

byOle Mouritsen, Klavs StyrbækTranslated byMariela Johansen

Hardcover | February 21, 2017

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Why is chocolate melting on the tongue such a decadent sensation? Why do we love crunching on bacon? Why is fizz-less soda such a disappointment to drink, and why is flat beer so unappealing to the palate? Our sense of taste produces physical and emotional reactions that cannot be explained by chemical components alone. Eating triggers our imagination, draws on our powers of recall, and activates our critical judgment, creating a unique impression in our mouths and our minds. How exactly does this alchemy work, and what are the larger cultural and environmental implications?

Collaborating in the laboratory and the kitchen, Ole G. Mouritsen and Klavs Styrbæk investigate the multiple ways in which food texture influences taste. Combining scientific analysis with creative intuition and a sophisticated knowledge of food preparation, they write a one-of-a-kind book for food lovers and food science scholars. By mapping the mechanics of mouthfeel, Mouritsen and Styrbæk advance a greater awareness of its link to our culinary preferences. Gaining insight into the textural properties of raw vegetables, puffed rice, bouillon, or ice cream can help us make healthier and more sustainable food choices. Through mouthfeel, we can recreate the physical feelings of foods we love with other ingredients or learn to latch onto smarter food options. Mastering texture also leads to more adventurous gastronomic experiments in the kitchen, allowing us to reach even greater heights of taste sensation.

About The Author

Ole G. Mouritsen is a distinguished scientist and professor of biophysics at the University of Southern Denmark. He serves as director of the Danish Center for Taste (Taste for Life) and the Center for Biomembrane Physics (MEMPHYS) and is president of the Danish Gastronomical Academy. His books include Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of ...
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Title:Mouthfeel: How Texture Makes TasteFormat:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.03 inPublished:February 21, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231180764

ISBN - 13:9780231180764

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments1. The Complex Universe of Taste and Flavor2. What Makes Up Our Food?3. The Physical Properties of Food: Form, Structure, and Texture4. Texture and Mouthfeel5. Playing Around with Mouthfeel6. Making Further Inroads into the Universe of Texture7. Why Do We Like the Food That We Do?Epilogue: Mouthfeel and a Taste for LifeGlossaryBibliographyIllustration CreditsIndexRecipes

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Serious foodies unintimidated by scientific vocabulary will relish the authors' intriguingdiscoveries.