Starting From Scratch

Starting From Scratch

What You Should Know About Food and Cooking

Book - 2014
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Starting from Scratch is a food manifesto that helps young readers relate to what they eat, inspiring both budding chefs and budding food lovers in the process. Beginning with an exploration of taste and how it works, author and food activist Sarah Elton explains how ingredients have been on the move for centuries, resulting in the unique fusion of flavors we love today. She breaks down the science of food and cooking into bite-sized and easily digestible pieces of information that cover the chemistry of heat versus cold, fat versus acid, and salt versus sweet. Both practical and philosophical in it approach, Starting from Scratch demystifies food and cooking by boiling it down to the basics. Young chefs learn to make sense of recipes, measure and substitute ingredients, and stock a pantry and discover that food is more than just a prepackaged meal. Using simple and universal examples, Starting from Scratch inspires children to eat better, try new flavors, and understand what's on their plate. Even reluctant chefs will gain an improved sense of where food comes from and be able to join in on a conversation that continues from snack time to dinnertime. -- From
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Owlkids Books Inc., [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781926973968
Call Number: j 641.3 E515s 2014
Characteristics: 96 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Kulak, Jeff 1983-- Illustrator


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[Gr 4-8] For those kids who love cooking and eating, this title should be required reading. The introduction answers the question "Why should you cook?" and the following six chapters detail the elements that make up food, cooking, and the eating experience. [School Library Journal]

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katylikeskats Apr 20, 2015

Wow, What more can you really ask for in a book? Starting from Scratch was really interesting, informative, and just plain awesome!!!!! I loved every little detail of it, from the cute small pictures to the fun facts, and how to make your cooking better, and fun facts! As well, what I probably loved most about this book was how it really went beyond just "how to cook" and into the science, and math of cooking, my two favourite things in the world! This book made cooking fun, easy, and really intriguing! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn a little bit about cooking, knows how to cook, and doesn't want to know how to cook, because everyone should read this book, as it is informative, fun, and AMAZING. It was really enjoyable, and a great read overall.

P.S. Did I mention the cute little illustrations?? <3 them!

Owl_Feathers Apr 06, 2015

I really liked that book, because I really wanted to try cooking for myself but always felt a bit intimidated. Reading that book, I realize that it is really quite simple and it helped me with certain things that confused me: like measurements and the cooking words such as roasting, braising and others. It had a lot of varied but useful information about food and was easy to read, as it had great pictures and a great design.
One thing that I didn't like as much was how it kept saying "to learn more about '...' go to page '...'". I don't know about others, but I don't like having to flip back and forth in a book when I'm reading. It ruins the flow or something. Otherwise, it is a great book and gave me confidence in my cooking skills (not sure if that's a good thing or not).

MickyT_13 Apr 05, 2015

Wow, this book was awesome! its the first time ive seen a cooking book that was directed towards teens and was actually good and the visuals gave the book added effect which made it all the better. It had everything a beginner would need to know about cooking, and had extra details to help us out like converting measures and easy recipes to get us started. i would really recommend reading this book.

loljilydoe Mar 25, 2015

Oh my. This book. was. awesome. It was hilariious and so much fun to read. So much information yet it wasn't boring. I defintly like food, so when i read this book, i thought it was amazing. It was so intresting. Especially the part when the described what the different culture eat and how they eat along with what they used to eat and where they properly placed the utensils. The funniest part was that they added both math and science. I learned alot about tastebuds and now i wonder if I would be qualified as a super taster. Hmm, Maybe Gordon Ramasay is a super taster! The little pictures were really cute and I found myself throughly enjoying the book and even smiling while I read it. It was a fantastic book

extreme_fangirl Mar 21, 2015

"Starting From Scratch" is an interesting and informative book. There is so much data about cooking, tasting, spices, recipes, food and even a bit of science and math. Everything is presented with unique formatting and adorable illustrations, although this book is not immature. It does explain different cuisines, preparing, serving and measuring food and how our body responds to flavor, all of which is useful to know and fun to read. I particularly liked how to book kept reminding the reader to stay healthy by providing excellent tips and including multiple recipes at the end, so we can try out what we learned.

All in all, "Starting From Scratch" has a very similar layout to other non-fiction books I've read, but is still descriptive and enlightening, a satisfying book.

ariag Feb 24, 2015

a book full of usefull knowledge and facts about cooking a skill everyone should know.


A great introduction to food and cooking. Starting from Scratch includes interesting facts about the science of food and cooking including how we taste our food. While this is not a cook book it is a great introduction to cooking that makes a lot of interesting connections with the food we eat. Whether you want to set the table for a Western meal or for an Ethiopian meal this book offers a lot of fun information. Let the cooking begin so that the eating can start!

ChristchurchLib Sep 22, 2014

"The food activist author of Locavore presents a young reader's manifesto about the sense of taste and the science of eating that discusses topics ranging from measurements and the chemical aspects of cooking to substitute ingredients and the importance of choosing healthy foods." Kids' Books September 2014 newsletter

ksoles Jun 16, 2014

Previously known for her adult non-fiction titles, "Locavore" (2010) and "Consumed" (2013), CBC Radio food columnist Sarah Elton has entered uncharted territory with "Starting from Scratch." She aims her new book at kids though newbie chefs of any age would appreciate this engaging and informative introduction to food and cooking.

Elton covers a wide range of topics here: the history of various international culinary traditions, the science of cooking, instructions on following a recipe, tips for organizing and stocking your kitchen and, of course, advice on beginning to cook. While the book’s early chapters deal mostly with food culture, Elton immediately works interactive elements into the pages.The “no-smell challenge,” for example, asks readers to taste the difference between an apple and an onion with their noses plugged by clothespins. Further along in the book, Elton offers simple recipes including pasta sauce, granola, and oatmeal cookies. Brief sections on food security and labels (organic, free-range etc) give older readers pause for thought. Finally, appendices include more recipes and a guide to pairing flavours as well as several handy measurement-conversion charts.

"Starting from Scratch" shines because of its friendly, accessible approach to teaching kids about the importance of healthy eating and food preparation. Although packed with information, the text never seems dense or overwhelming thanks to its presentation in easily digestible blocks of print and colourful sidebars. Jeff Kulak’s fun, bright illustrations add a whimsical touch and inspire readers to take pride in their own cooking adventures.


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