Texture in Food - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781855737242, 9781855738362

Texture in Food

1st Edition

Solid Foods

Editors: David Kilcast
Hardcover ISBN: 9781855737242
eBook ISBN: 9781855738362
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 14th April 2004
Page Count: 560
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Consumers, texture and food quality: Measuring consumer perceptions of texture: An overview; Consumers and texture: Understanding their perceptions and preferences; Texture and mastication; Understanding and measuring consumer perceptions of crispness. Part 2 Instrumental techniques for analysing texture: Force/deformation techniques for measuring texture; Sound input techniques for measuring texture; Near infrared (NIR) diffuse reflectance in texture measurement; Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in texture measurement; Modelling food texture. Part 3 Understanding and improving the texture of particular foods: Plant structure, fruit and vegetable texture; Plant compounds and fruit texture: The case of pear; Controlling the texture of fruit and vegetables: The role of oxidising enzymes; Improving fruit and vegetable texture by genetic transformation; Raw material quality and the texture of processed vegetables; Improving the texture of processed vegetables by vacuum infusion; Improving the texture of frozen fruit: The case of berries; Improving the texture of processed fruit: The case of olives; Improving the texture of bread; Analysing and improving the texture of cooked rice; Improving the texture of pasta; Improving the texture of fried food.


Texture is one of the most important attributes used by consumers to assess food quality. With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, this authoritative book summarises the wealth of recent research on what influences texture in solid foods and how it can be controlled to maximise product quality.

The first part of the book reviews research on understanding how consumers experience texture when they eat, and how they perceive and describe key textural qualities such as crispness. Part two considers the instrumental techniques used for analysing texture. It includes chapters on force/deformation and sound input techniques, near infrared spectroscopy (NIR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The final part examines how the texture of particular foods may be better understood and improved. A number of chapters review ways of controlling the texture of fruits and vegetables, including the role of plant structure and compounds, the handling of raw materials and technologies such as freezing and vacuum infusion. A final group of chapters discuss the texture of cereal foods, including bread, rice, pasta and fried food.

Texture in food Volume 2: Solid foods is a standard reference for the food industry. It is accompanied by a companion volume on the texture of semi-solid foods.

Key Features

  • Reviews developments in measuring the texture of solid foods
  • Examines the influences on texture and ways of maintaining textural properties
  • Written by an expert team of authors


Food scientists interested in texture


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…a very useful guide for anybody in the field of food science who is or would like to be involved in texture related studies., International Journal of Food Science and Technology
…this book is a timely and noteworthy presentation by many experts in the field of food texture studies. …strongly recommend this book to anyone in academia or industry., Institute of Chemical Engineers
…distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Textute in food summarises the wealth of recent research on what influences texture in solid foods, and how in can be controlled to maximise product quality., Chemistry and Industry

About the Editors

David Kilcast Editor

Dr David Kilcast is a consultant in Sensory Quality.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant, UK (Volume 2)