View Full Version : The science of cooking

11-29-2012, 10:29 AM
I am currently searching for a book for my 13-year old who enjoys cooking and loves science. So far, I have it narrowed down to the following:

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen (http://www.amazon.com/On-Food-Cooking-Science-Kitchen/dp/0684800012/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1RLQ815U5Y1EA&coliid=IQFA9ZP91SVBT)

Cooking for Geeks (http://www.amazon.com/Cooking-Geeks-Science-Great-Hacks/dp/0596805888/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1RLQ815U5Y1EA&coliid=I2ZXT7C0FUFA37)

What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained (http://www.amazon.com/What-Einstein-Told-His-Cook/dp/0393329429/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1RLQ815U5Y1EA&coliid=I3673K84DXVMA3) (There is also a sequel (http://www.amazon.com/What-Einstein-Told-His-Cook/dp/0393058697/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1RLQ815U5Y1EA&coliid=I2288ACFOCJD6R).)

Have any of you read these books/used them in your homeschool? I've browsed the reviews and I'm leaning towards the second one... and kind of the first one as well. Then again, the third one looks good, too. LOL!


11-29-2012, 10:33 AM
I heard the author of the third one interviewed on NPR at some point and it sounded really interesting, but I haven't read it.

The first two link to the same thing, by the way.

11-29-2012, 11:18 AM
I love Cooking for Geeks, it's on my amazon wishlist. Harold McGee is also awesome, you can't go wrong with his books. The 3rd book I didn't love, I don't remember exactly why. I think it was interesting but not too useful. If I were buying for a 13-year old it was be cooking for geeks 1st, following by any Harold McGee book if they stay interested.

11-29-2012, 02:34 PM
Fixed the second link. Thanks for the feedback!

11-30-2012, 07:12 AM
I wonder, too, about an Alton Brown book?

11-30-2012, 09:19 AM
I have had or read all of Alton Brown's books, and while I am still a fan, I wouldn't give them to someone as one of their first books on the subject. Definitely could be an addition to a collection, although I admit I ended up not keeping the two I had. I just never referred to them once I'd gone through them. Since he is following in the footsteps of MacGee and Shirley Corriher I'd go with either of them first.

But I'd still go with Cooking For Geeks first anyway!