Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Recipe Weekend / Book Review: Make: Edible Inventions: Cooking Hacks and Yummy Recipes You Can Build, Mix, Bake, and Grow

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Maker Lab, via Amazon, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.




And now for something a bit different, but PERFECT for the holidays!




Edible Inventions:  cover


Synopsis:

Believe it or not, there's a lot of inventing going on in the kitchen. Unless you only eat fruits and veggies right off the plant, you are using tools and techniques invented by humans to make food more tasty and easier to digest. When you cook food, you start to break it down into a form your body can absorb. When you add chemicals to make it thicker, gooey-er, or puffy-er, you turn a bunch of boring ingredients into a mouth-watering snack. Edible Inventions: Cooking Hacks and Yummy Recipes You Can Build, Mix, Bake, and Grow will show you some unusual ways to create a meal, and help you invent some of your own. Projects include:

-3D printing with food
-Chemical cuisine and molecular gastronomy
 -Prepared foods like ketchup and pickles at home
 -Growing your own ingredients
 -Cooking off the grid




Review:

This is the PERFECT book for homeschoolers! It combines the best of both worlds- cooking and education! It takes science to a different level, and helps kids to understand JUST how much science is in inherent in everyday cooking. Just think of the basic chemical reaction of yeast and baking powder to make bread! Add in some math, a little technology here and there, and some art and math, and you have a book that can help you meet STEAM requirements, for kids ages 8 and up, during the holiday season, AND allow you to back off the traditional curriculum! YEAH! Kids will also will be amazed (as will adults) at how many 'processed' foods that you can make at home, that are not only better for you, but SO yummy! Miss race was super amazed at the LEGO projects and can't wait to get thru them all, and she's already thinking about her end of the year science project, and what she can use from the book for it! There are plenty of color photos to aid in kids' learning, the instructions are very clear and easy for younger kids even to understand, and it is a book that you will turn to over and over during the school year. Even kids who aren't being homeschooled will love the projects and be excited to use science in the kitchen. this is a fun book to kill the 'I'm boreds' over the school vacations too!

Recipe:

How about a fun recipe from the book?



About the Author:

Kathy Ceceri is a writer, Maker and STEAM artist who loves to share hands-on learning activities for kids and adults. Her books for Maker Media include Make: Paper Inventions and Making Simple Robots. Formerly the Homeschooling Expert for About.com, Kathy continues to present workshops combining science, technology, history and art at schools, museums, libraries, and Maker Faires around the country. She lives with her family in Upstate New York. Find out more at her website CraftsForLearning.com.

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