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Lawrie’s Meat Science

Lawrie’s Meat Science has established itself as a standard work for both students and professionals in the meat industry. Its basic theme remains the central importance of biochemistry in understanding the production, storage, processing and eating quality of meat. At a time when so much controversy surrounds meat production and nutrition, Lawrie’s meat science, written by Lawrie in collaboration with Ledward, provides a clear guide which takes the reader from the growth and development of meat animals, through the conversion of muscle to meat, to the point of consumption.

The seventh edition includes details of significant advances in meat science which have taken place in recent years, especially in areas of eating quality of meat and meat biochemistry.

Food researchers, the meat industry, students, academics

Paperback, 464 Pages

Published: September 2006

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-159-2


  • …it is a must read for university undergraduate and post-graduate meat/food science students and for meat and food scientists., Meat Science
    A tremendous bibliography (approx. 2,500 references!), and very detailed subject index complete and increase the value of this extraordinary book., Acta Alimentaria
    It should be at hand to everyone dealing with meat technology, or research, respectively., Journal of Food and Nutrition Research


  • Factors influencing the growth and development of meat animals; Structure and growth of muscle; Chemical and biochemical constitution of muscle; Conversion of muscle to meat; Spoilage of meat by infecting organisms; Storage and preservation of meat - Temperature control; Storage and preservation of meat - Moisture control; Storage and preservation of meat - Direct microbial; Eating quality of meat; Meat and human nutrition; Prefabricated meat.


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