Starting from Scratch is a great book about food for kids (and some adults!). It isn’t a cookbook. It’s what comes before a cookbook, so that kids understand the science and cultural history of food and taste along with kitchen basics.
The book is recommended for children ages 10 and up. It’s not childish and is written for intelligent kids who want to learn. The style of the text and illustrations make it look like a book for a 10 year old, but the content can really be enjoyed by adults, especially science minded ones who may not be experienced cooks, but want to know the hows and whys of how it’s done.
I was expecting a book that was ‘beneath’ my skill level, but there really is some good information in here. Even though I cook for myself and my family daily, I still learned some practical tidbits that will be useful for me.
Starting from Scratch is fundamental reading kids who are novices in the kitchen and for others who want to learn basics that will help them be more successful with their creative cooking adventures.
Starting From Scratch
What You Should Know about Food and Cooking
by Sarah Elton
Pub. date 3/18/14
Description: “Starting from Scratch is the essential first book for the curious kid in the kitchen. It is a joyful exploration, an inspiring manifesto, and an unprecedented resource that provides important context, guidance, and information for budding chefs and food lovers alike. Written by celebrated food journalist Sarah Elton (author of the adult nonfiction titles Consumed and Locavore), Starting from Scratch is not a cookbook, but it is a conversation-starter around the science, culture, and practices surrounding food.”
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