MARINE & FRESHWATER PRODUCTS HAND-BOOK. R.E. Martin, E. Paine Carter, G.J. Flick, and L.M. Davis, eds. Technomic Publishing Co. Inc., 851 New Holland Ave., Box 3535, Lancaster, PA 17604. Phone 800-233-9936 or fax 717-295-4538. 2000. 964 pp. No price given.
The editors present a comprehensive overview of the biochemistry, biology, and handling of North American seafood resources, including not only well-known species of finfish, shellfish, crustaceans, and cephalopods, but also such rare species as turtles, alligators, and frogs. At nearly 1,000 pages, this handbook is intended to be an authoritative reference, being far too heavy to carry around in one’s briefcase.
All conceivable aspects of harvesting, processing, preservation, and handling are covered, as well as biological and chemical hazards sometimes associated with seafood products. However, coverage is rather limited to North American species, and there has been a rather obvious omission of aquaculture products. Excellent coverage is given to traditional by-products, such as fish meal and oil, as well as a number of other products, including gelatin, chitin/chitosan, seaweeds, with somewhat less-thorough coverage of marine bioactive compounds.
For the most part, this work accurately presents the current situation for processing and handling, but in some areas the information presented appears to be somewhat dated. Overall, it is a valuable reference addition to the library of anyone specializing in seafood scientific research, teaching, processing, or marketing. The figures and tables are clearly presented, and the text is well written.
—Tom Gill, Director and Head of the Canadian Institute of Fisheries Technology, Dalhousie University (DalTech), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Applied Dairy Microbiology: Second Edition Revised and Expanded. Elmer H. Marth and James L. Steele, eds. Marcell Dekker, Inc. 270 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. Phone 212-696-9000 or fax 212-685-4540. ISBN 0-8247-0536-X. 2001. 744 pp. No price given.
Auditing in the Food Industry: From Safety and Quality to Environmental and other Audits. Mike Dillon and Chris Griffith, eds. CRC Press LLC, 2000 Corporate Blvd., NW, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Phone 800-272-7737 or fax 800-374-3401. ISBN 0-8493-1214-0. 2001. 217 pp. No price given.
Automation for Food Engineering: Food Quality Quantization and Process Control. Yanbo Huang, A. Dale Whittaker, and Ronald E. Lacey, eds. CRC Press LLC, 2000 Corporate Blvd. NW, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Phone 800-272-7737 or fax 800-374-3401. ISBN 0-8493-2230-8. 2001. 220 pp. No price given.
Brewing Yeast and Fermentation. Chris Boulton and David Quain, eds. Iowa State University Press, A Blackwell science Company, 2121 S. State Ave., Ames, IA 50014-8300. Phone 800-862-6657 or www.isupress.com. ISBN 0-632-05475-1. 2001. 644 pp. $202.95.