Unlike other health threats, food-borne illnesses caused by bacteria like salmonella and MRSA don’t seem to register as serious. Even whooping cough (government name: pertussis) gets its own grave public service announcement. But in lieu of recalls on infected food products, we usually only encounter salmonella as an animated kitchen villain in commercials for household cleaners.

Thankfully, the unabashed food nerds behind Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking have our backs. In their new pared-down tome, Modernist Cuisine at Home, they tackle the preventative safety issues that most cookbooks ignore, and they’ve shared seven of their top tips over at Food52. With factoids like “80% of food poisoning cases in the U.S. are caused by tiny bits of poop on the outside of the food,” this ain’t for the squeamish. But it will keep you safe and healthy when you’re doing your thing in the kitchen.

[via Food52]