Review: Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition

Review: Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition by Liz Lee Heinecke is a cookbook that is packed full of fun and educational recipes. This book turns everyday food into a science experiment that both kids and adults can learn from. Topics such as fermentation and emulsion are presented in an interesting and engaging manner to spark your quest for knowledge.

Review: Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible EditionTitle: Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition: 52 Mouth-Watering Recipes and the Everyday Science That Makes Them Taste Amazing
Author: Liz Lee Heinecke
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication Date: June 11, 2019

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: EDIBLE EDITION gives you 52 delicious ways to explore food science in your own kitchen by making everything from healthy homemade snacks to scrumptious main dishes and mind-boggling desserts.

When you step into your kitchen to cook or bake, you put science to work. Physics and chemistry come into play each time you simmer, steam, bake, freeze, boil, puree, saute, or ferment food. Knowing something about the physics, biology, and chemistry of food will give you the basic tools to be the best chef you can be.

Bodacious Bubble Tea, Flavorful Fruit Leather, Super Spring Rolls, Mouthwatering Meatballs…divided by course, each lab presents a step-by-step recipe for a delicious drink, snack, sauce, main dish, dessert, or decoration. The Science Behind the Food section included with each recipe will help you understand the science concepts and nutrition behind the ingredients. Have fun learning about:
Bacteria and the chemical process of fermentation by making your own pickled vegetables.
Emulsion as you create your own vinaigrette.
How trapped water vapor causes a popover to inflate as you make your own.
Crystals by making your own ice cream.

Mix and match the recipes to pair pasta with your favorite sauce, make ice cream to serve in homemade chocolate bowls, or whip up the perfect frosting for your cake. There are plenty of fun, edible decorations included for the art lovers in the crowd. Before long, you’ll have the confidence to throw together a feast, bake and decorate show-worthy cakes, or use what you’ve learned to create your own recipes.

For those with food allergies, all recipes are nut-free and other allergens are clearly labeled throughout.

Let’s get cooking—and learning!

The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition

Hands-on learning is one of the best ways to excite kids about science and food. The collection of recipes in this book are kid-friendly instructional “labs.” As you make foods like pizza and ice cream, the science behind how the ingredients work together are presented in easy, yet fascinating experiments.

Bubble Tea

Bodacious Bubble Tea

❀ Delicious and educational

What is unique about this recipe book for kids is the fact that many of the recipes are adapted from ones by well-known chefs, such as Julia Child and Yotam Ottolenghi. This makes creating the recipes with kids more thrilling as an adult because these dishes provide not only learning, but a delicious treat to enjoy. I tried the Bodacious Bubble Tea and found the process to be both simple and yummy.

I highly recommend Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition to anyone wanting to know a bit more about the scientific aspects of the food we eat. It is a suitable book for all ages, and I am sure that these authentic learning experiences will be thrilling for kids. I am looking forward to checking out the other books in this series as well.

About Liz Lee Heinecke

Liz Lee Heinecke

Liz Lee Heinecke has loved science since she was old enough to inspect her first butterfly. After working in molecular biology research for 10 years and earning her master’s degree, she left the lab to kick off a new chapter in her life as a stay-at-home mom. Soon, she found herself sharing her love of science with her three kids as they grew, chronicling their science adventures on her KitchenPantryScientist website. Her desire to share her enthusiasm for science led to regular television appearances, an opportunity to serve as an Earth Ambassador for NASA, and the creation of an iPhone app. Her goal is to make it simple for parents to do science with kids of all ages, and for kids to experiment safely on their own. Liz graduated from Luther College and received her master’s degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Kitchen Science Lab for KidsKitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible EditionOutdoor Science Lab for Kids, and STEAM Lab for Kids.

25 thoughts on “Review: Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition

  1. Dana Rodriguez says:

    This sounds like a great way to get kids in the kitchen. I think that is a life skill that should be taught early and this looks like a fun way to do it!

  2. Debra Branigan says:

    I thought I would check out your cookbook reviews and discovered this gem. My granddaughter would really enjoy this and her mother would be excited to have something “STEM”. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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