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UNDERSTANDING FOOD: PRINCIPLES AND PREPARATION is ideal for an undergraduate course that covers the basic elements of food preparation, food service and food science. Contemporary and comprehensive in coverage, this best-selling food fundamentals text thoroughly explores the science of food through core material on food selection and evaluation, food safety and food chemistry. The sixth edition discusses classification, composition, selection, purchasing and storage for a range of traditional food items, and explores the various aspects of food service, including meal planning, basic food preparation, equipment, food preservation and government regulations. A new rich illustration and full-color photo program and unique pedagogical features make the information easily understandable and interesting to students. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.