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The preparation of comestibles by heating. In meats, overcooking can result in the production of carcinogenic polycyclic amines; undercooking carries the risk of parasitic (e.g., Taenia solium, T saginatus) or bacterial (e.g., Escherichia coli 0157:H7, Salmonella spp) infections.


[L. coquere, to cook]
The process of heating foods to prepare them for eating. Cooking makes most foods more palatable and easier to chew, improves their digestibility (and sometimes their nutrient bioavailability), and destroys or inactivates harmful organisms, or toxins that may be present. Cooking releases the aromatic substances and extractives that contribute odors and taste to foods. These odors help to stimulate the appetite.


Not all toxic substances are inactivated by heat. Most microorganisms and parasites are destroyed in the ordinary process of cooking when the food is heated to internal temperatures of 160°F to 175°F. Pork must be cooked completely throughout to kill the encysted larvae of Trichinella.


Protein: Soluble proteins become coagulated. Soluble substances: These, including heat-labile vitamins, are often inactivated by boiling, and even mineral substances and starches, although insoluble to a certain extent, may be altered in this process. Starch: The starch granules swell and are changed from insoluble (raw) starch to soluble starch capable of being converted into sugar during digestion and of being assimilated in the system.

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The Cooking Show 2003, a Triangle event scheduled for October 18 at the Raleigh Convention Center, today announced that Kitchen and Bath Galleries(R) will be the presenting sponsor of the event.
The Cooking Show is a public event that celebrates the art of cooking, eating and enjoying good food and wine.
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The Ninja Cooking System is truly revolutionary," said Stephanie O'Dea, author of "A Year in Slow Cooking".
The Cooking Show is a community-oriented event, and a donation will be made to Foodshare of Hartford (http://www.
The complete schedule for The Cooking Show Hartford will be announced prior to the event.
Participating vendors and exhibitors include: American Express, Bantam Bread, Baronet Coffee, Bibelicious Sauces, Carolina Sauce Company, Connecticut Specialty Food Association, Cuisine at Home, Fine Cooking, Foodshare, Fox Meadow Farm, Hartford Magazine, Home Comfort Now, HealthCraft, Igourmet, Kitchen Craft, Kitchen Magic, Manchester Community College, Nodines Smokehouse, Old Ways, Peconic Bay Winery, Sarliz, SOB Foods, Stacy's Pita Chips, The Pampered Chef, The Traveling Vineyard, Vermont Made Richard's Sauces, and more to be announced.
Highlights of The Cooking Show Hartford chef demonstration schedule include: Lora Brody, Crescent Dragonwagon, Elizabeth Karmel, Michel Nischan, David Rosengarten, Christopher Speed, Prudence Sloane, Les Harris, Chris Prosperi, Roseann Tully, and Connecticut Culinary Institute Chefs Bruno Neveu and Jamie Roraback, as well as national and New England food, wine, cooking and kitchen-related businesses.
The Cooking Show is sponsored by the Connecticut Culinary Institute, Delia, Intermezzo Magazine, Princess House, The Vine Times, Kiss 95.
The Cooking Show was created to celebrate and support local communities," said Lisa Sullivan, Marketing Director, The Cooking Show.
Attend one of the many stage demonstrations, meet famous celebrity chefs, check out cooking utensils and kitchen gadgets, meet local cooking school chefs and find out the best class for your skill level, get new recipe ideas, sample the best culinary cuisine in New England, purchase a new cookbook and get it signed by your favorite author, and have the time of your life.
Food is fun, and we don't need to look further than the success of the Food Network to see that," said Lisa Sullivan, Marketing Director, The Cooking Show.