Easy Culinary Science for Better Cooking - Jessica Gavin cookbook

Easy Culinary Science for Better Cooking helps curious home cooks navigate the basics of culinary science. Packed with approachable recipes and time-saving tips, every meal will become an opportunity for readers to learn something new and apply it.”

— Nathan Myhrvold, author of Modernist Cuisine


“Science and technique are at the heart of all cooking, but when we focus so much on the science, we lose sight of the most important thing: how delicious the thing on the plate is. Easy Culinary Science for Better Cooking balances these two sides perfectly.”

— Kenji Lopez-Alt, chef and author of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science


The moment you step into a kitchen to begin to measure, chop and cook, science is happening – even if you don’t realize it. In Easy Culinary Science for Better Cooking: Recipes for Everyday Meals Made Easier, Faster and More Delicious, certified culinary scientist Jessica Gavin breaks down the science behind great food in an approachable way and with mouthwatering, foolproof recipes.

“Culinary science will empower you as a cook,” writes Jessica in the introduction. “It helps you take the guesswork and mystery out of the process so that you can enjoy the tasty results.”


Easy Culinary Science for Better Cooking will teach readers the essential techniques and tips to help expand their skill set and confidence in the kitchen. Each chapter explores the basic concepts of cooking: Dry-Heat Cooking, Moist-Heat Cooking, Braising & Stewing, Slow Cooking, Emulsification & Thickening, Chemical Leavening, and Yeast Leavening.

Discover the science behind cooking, such as how ingredients work together and how heat affects texture, and with Jessica’s guidance, perfect dishes such as Eggs Benedict with an easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce, Blackened Salmon Tacos, Pan-Seared Ribeye with Miso Butter, Grandma’s Italian Meatballs in the slow cooker, Strawberries and Cream Cake, and even Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls.


Jessica Gavin is a certified culinary scientist and food science industry professional with formal culinary school training. She is also the charmingly geeky but approachable cook, photographer and scientist behind the popular website JessicaGavin.com. Her work has been featured on Food Network, USA Today, The Kitchn and more. She lives in Orange County, CA.