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Sensory Evaluation Practices.

There was a gap of just seven years between the publication of the two editions and yet in that fairly short timespan there have been many changes in the field of sensory evaluation. Not only have more books and journals appeared but there seems to be a much greater awareness of sensory evaluation. In this edition the authors have added more background information about the various procedures and practices used. Attention has been given to the methodology emphasizing development in descriptive analysis. Indeed, several new methods have been proposed.

Like the earlier edition, this one is designed to provide guidance in the development and application of sensory evaluation in the business situation, and identify the principles and practices that will result in increased utilization of sensory evaluation. The authors, because of their great experience in this field, place great emphasis on the concepts of planning and decision analysis in the broadest sense.

As their titles demonstrate, the first couple of chapters define sensory evaluation and trace its history. These are followed by a further two that discuss measurement, errors in testing, statistics and experimental design. The next chapters provide a detailed description of the classes of test method before concluding with a chapter on particular problems. Their actual titles are: Introduction to sensory evaluation; The organization and operation of a sensory evaluation program; Measurement; Test strategy and the design of experiments; Discrimination testing; Descriptive analysis; Affective testing; Special problems; and Epilogue. Numerous references are also noted at the end of the book.
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Publication:Food Trade Review
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Date:Apr 1, 1993
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