I have been reading a book called Kitchen Science – A Guide to Knowing the Hows and Whys for Fun and Success in the Kitchen by Howard Hillman (I got mine from the library – 1989 edition).
The beauty of this book is the facts are laid out in FAQ-style , so don’t expect it to be a science text book or encyclopedia. I think it is perfect for people who have short attention span of a goldfish – like myself. That said, my mind did wander a bit whenever Howard went into details about scientific stuffs like molecules and gas. Feel a little like Chemistry classes in high school? Yeah, I think so.
It covers all areas of cooking and baking starting from understanding your cooking equipment, cooking methods, baking, beverages to nutrition and health. Although I must admit I have conveniently skipped the last part. *cough*cough* Boring!