"Clés pour comprendre" (Keys to understanding) is a collection intended for the general public based on a dynamic Q&A game. Simple, cheeky or amusing questions are finally given clear, well-reasoned answers. The authors, recognised specialists, do not hesitate to mix science, humour and anecdotes.
Topical and in-depth subjects are explored in a series of questions designed to incite our curiosity about our surroundings and help us understand the world better.
Flat or cupped, oysters are a prominent feature in French gastronomy and coastal trade. From farming methods to the various French “crus” and classifications, from its natural history to its history plain and simple, this book explores the oyster in just 60 questions. How are oysters farmed? How is the quality monitored? How do you eat them?
Between science and technique, nature and culture, there’s a wealth of information here for foodies and sea enthusiasts!
How do hens make their eggs? How can you tell if an egg is fresh? Are eggs a fatty food? Is powdered egg still really egg? What do the codes mean on shop-bought eggs? This book covers everything egg-related, from raising hens to what’s on our plate. Learn about egg biology and physiology, their nutritional properties, industrial egg production and processing eggs into other products or for non-food use. The book also gives storage and consumption advice along with tips on rearing your own hens for those that dream of having their own henhouse. Some myths about eggs are busted too.
This widely-accessible book gives in-depth knowledge on refrigeration, its daily uses and its impact on the environment. Learn about the science behind artificial refrigeration and the cold chain from the product producer to the end-user. This book also features invaluable tips for preserving the organoleptic quality of food in our refrigerators.
Concombres de mer, oursins, ophiures et lys de mer forment avec les étoiles de mer, le groupe zoologique des échinodermes, une composante importante de la biodiversité marine, avec un rôle écologique de tout premier ordre. Mais que savez-vous d’eux ? Des réponses claires et complètes pour aller à la rencontre de ces intrigantes créatures marines.
A book to find out everything about chocolate, from growing the cocoa tree through all the cocoa processing stages. Discover the secrets of its smell, the art of chocolate-making, its tasting pleasures and its virtues. A fascinating work written by a scientist specialising in cocoa and a huge lover of chocolate.
Soils are at the heart of major global issues. Nourish the planet implies keeping them fertile without exhausting them. The soils can also contribute to reducing CO2emissions by forming "carbon sinks". In addition, they are currently threatened by several major risks, mainly erosion, salinisation, loss of organic matter and pollution. Far from the current tendency to see everything in black and white, the authors of this book wished to extend elements of knowledge on soil physics, biology and ecology.
We have an innate taste for sugar, which is now found in all our kitchens and in numerous foods. Was it always like this? Why does sugar taste so good? Does sugar addiction exist? Which sugars are most consumed worldwide? How is a sugar crystal or candy floss formed? What are the sweeteners of the future? The book is chance to explore in ninety questions the long and short history of sugar and sweeteners, the mechanisms of the sugary taste, the roles of sugar in food and its effects on health.
Good or bad, smells give us information constantly on our environment, move us or bring back memories. This little book proposes following what becomes of the olfactory message, from the nose to the brain, to discover how our sense of smell, the olfactory memory, works and how the odorants trigger or modulate our behaviour.
Energy is complicated! This involves specialists and politicians! This book is going to show us the contrary. Why? Because we are all drawn to wonder about energy: Will this century be the golden age of gas? Waste, a new green petroleum? Why is there less tax on diesel than on petrol? Whether we are simple citizens, a regional community or a company, the answers in this book will help us to see more clearly.
90 questions and answers to understand the problems relating to the presence of Nature in an urban environment. The amenity areas in towns offer citizens many benefits and some animals new refuges. But how does this urbanisation assume that plants and animals - and man - can adapt to deal with certain invasions?