I'm looking for a great textbook on biochemistry that covers core topics: relevant aspects of thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, metabolism (e.g. krebs cycle, respiration, etc.). Ideally it would also be quantitative in its approach and use mathematical models where relevant.
The classic textbook is Voet & Voet & Pratt (Fundamentals of Biochemistry) and I think that's a horribly written textbook. It uses concepts before actually defining them (and when it does define them the definitions are obtuse and have no conceptual motivation). Is there an alternative to this? Any recommendations?