Understanding Food: Principles and Preparation (Available Titles CourseMate)

Understanding Food: Principles and Preparation (Available Titles CourseMate)
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UNDERSTANDING FOOD: PRINCIPLES AND PREPARATION is your introductory guide to learning about foods, food preparation, food service, and food science. Integrating these key topics with relevant information about nutrition and the food industry, the fourth edition gives you a thorough overview of the different dimensions of food principles--and insight into the variety of career options available in the food industry. Numerous photographs and illustrations help you understand and apply what you read.

Customer Book Reviews

What, no color?!


I was really disappointed (and surprised) to open this $160 textbook (in 2011) and find all the pages are printed in black and white. Give me a break. There is a small insert section of about a dozen pages that has color pictures of some meats and vegetables. That's it. The other other ~700 pages, the actual textbook content, is all grayscale! There is a lot of information in this book, with a lot of diagrams, and photos of a many foods, ingredients and techniques. And it's all in black and white. Students deserve better, especially for the high cost. There are few other annoyances with this book, sorry. In some chapters the author includes a "Professional Profile" where she highlights careers in the food industry. Several of these furtive advertisements are for big snack food and processed-food conglomerates, including Kellog, Kraft and Wrigley. For me, it felt like a strange choice for a nutrition textbook. I found myself wondering if the author had been compensated by any of the companies? I would have preferred to read about some of the many nutrition careers with organic/local businesses, education/school lunch, or the National Health Service Corps...or even the military; instead of snack food companies. One other oddity I can remember. In the section about coffee, the author mentions and describes many ways of brewing (drip, espresso, percolator, vacuum, etc.), but excludes the French press. As far I know this is still a very popular method of brewing coffee. Anyway, I'm nitpicking with that one. My main gripe is that for such a high sales price the publisher only provided black & white content. The content is informative. However, I feel that the subjects of food and science should be printed in color to help convey the information.

Good Book


This is good book for Dietetic and Culinary professionals. It is written in a form that is easy to understand. I will be keeping this book in my collection.

because while it is is good condition and arrived on time


I gave this a two star rating, because while it is is good condition and arrived on time, the book is printed in black and white. It looks as though it was purposely printed as a copy and rebound. I am very disappointed that I was not informed that this expensive book was a black and white print. It seems extremely odd that a text book that includes pictures and diagrams would be in black and white print. Especially, since the material covered (Food) should be viewed in color for proper observation, at the least. Due to the black and white print, it should be noted plainly in sight for the buyer to be aware of what they are to expect and the price is too high for a black and white print textbook.



This book is easy to follow, a good reference guide for trying new innovations in ones own kitchen. A good price!

Really enjoy this book


I am currently taking a nutrition course and I love this book. It is like the foundation for understanding the concepts of the foods we eat everyday. The chapters are short for the most part, but it contains very good information. I also like the chemist corner and how & why sections. Another aspect of this book is the profiles for the different professionals and wished the author would have shown more.The only other downside is the price, wish it was a cheaper option to actually purchase this book instead of just renting it.

Would purchase latest edition


Loved the book... There is a newer edition and some of the reading displays the need for updating. Love amazon for offering text rentals! Full of important information for the nutrition or dietetic student!



Helpful textbook. Exactly what I needed for a class. Very easy to read and follow. Lots of information regarding food principles and preparation. Tis may also help me in the future as a reference book.

This was for a college class full of information. ...


This was for a college class full of information. and also had some recipes in it that i still use today.

Expensive book but good


After I bought this book, I realized there was a cheaper version which is an e-book for $60 full print and you could read the book on your computer, tablet, phone, and print the pages. Next time! krishafj@gmail.com

Excellent Condition


My book arrived in the mail today, I was a little nervous at first about purchasing the books online without being able to see them prior but I was wrong... They are in perfect condition, the ISBNs match, and a about half the price as my university was going to charge for new and even cheaper than what they were asking for used books. I am very pleased with the quality and transaction. Expected delivery was Monday but they arrived 2 days earlier (Saturday). Again, I am very pleased with this purchase and will be purchasing the rest of my text books in the future from amazon too!!

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Book Summary: The title of this book is Understanding Food and it was written by Amy Christine Brown. This particular edition is in a Hardcover format. This books publish date is Jun 01, 2010 and it has a suggested retail price of $283.95. It was published by Cengage Learning and has a total of 704 pages in the book. The 10 digit ISBN is 0538734981 and the 13 digit ISBN is 9780538734981. To buy this book at the lowest price, Click Here.