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The Science Chef 100 Fun Food Experiments and Recipes for Kids

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-09-23
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?


Serve Up the Magic of Science with Fun and Kid-Friendly Cooking Experiments

Break out your best aprons and spatulas: The Science Chef: 100 Fun Food Experiments and Recipes for Kids, 2nd Edition teaches children the basics of science through a variety of fun experiments, activities, and recipes. Each chapter explores a different science topic by giving you an experiment or activity you can do right in your kitchen, followed by easy-to-make recipes using ingredients from the experiment. Altogether there are over 100 experiments, activities, and recipes for you to try. From learning why an onion makes you cry to how to bake the perfect cupcake, you'll bring the fundamentals of science to life in a new, magical way.

The Science Chef covers a wide variety of scientific areas, like:

  • How plants grow and produce seeds
  • How the process of fermentation produces pickles
  • The basics of nutrition
  • How acids and bases react together to make baked items rise up in the oven

While the first edition of this classic book has delighted readers for over twenty years, this new edition is sure to be an even bigger hit with the kids in your home. Bon Appetit!

Author Biography

Dr. Joan D'Amico is the Assistant Director of Special Services at the Garfield (NJ) School District and has worked as a cooking instructor. Joan is the senior co-author of Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School series (includes science, math, and language arts) published by Wiley.

Dr. Karen Drummond is Lecturer of Nutrition at Gwynedd Mercy University (PA) and has taught food preparation at Drexel University. Karen is the senior co-author of Nutrition for Foodservice and Culinary Professionals (9th ed.) published by Wiley.

Table of Contents

About This Book xv

Discovering Science in the Kitchen xvii

Preparation and Cooking Skills xviii

Equivalents xxii

Pots, Pans, and More! xxv

Safety Rules! xxxiii

Nutrition in a Nutshell xxxv

Rules of the Game for Food Safety xxxvii

Part 1. Questions, Questions, Questions!

How Does Food Cook?

Experiment: Which Potato Cooks Faster? 3

Heat Transfer and Cooking 4

What Happened in the Experiment? 6


Basic Baked Potatoes 8

Broccoli and Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes 10

Smashed Potatoes 12

Air-Fried French Fries 14

Potato Skins with Cheddar and Salsa 16

Crunchy Country Potato Salad 17

Create-a-Potato Party 19

Quinoa-and-Salsa-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Awesome Avocado Sauce 21

Awesome Avocado Sauce 23

Why Does Popcorn Pop?

Experiment: How Do You Get the Most Pops? 25

Popcorn Science 26

What Happened in the Experiment? 27


The Best Popcorn 28

“New” Fashioned Kettle Corn 30

Popcorn Power Bars 31

Trail Mix Popcorn 33

“Movie Time” Cheddar Cheese and Chive Popcorn 34

Popcorn Santa Fe 35

Springtime Pastel Popcorn Treats 37

Why Do Onions Make You Cry?

Experiment: How Can I Cut Onions Without Crying? 40

Onions and Enzymes 41

What Happened in the Experiment? 42


“A Plus” Air-Fried Onion Rings 43

Cheesy Cauliflower and Onion Bake 45

Why Does Toast Brown?

Experiment: Which Toasts Better? 48

The Science of Browning 49

What Happened in the Experiment? 49


Awesome Avocado Toast 50

High Tea Cinnamon Toast 51

Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Cutouts 52

Linzer Tart French Toast 54

Strawberry Butter 56

Creamy Herb and Chive Spread 57

Ralph’s Zippy Hummus 58

How Does a Bean Sprout?

Experiment: Which Beans Will Start to Grow? 62

From Seed to Plant 63

What Happened in the Experiment? 63


Southwestern Dinner Salad 64

“Aquafabulous” Cornbread 66

Santa Fe Cheesy Black Bean Soup 68

Quick-and-Easy Lunchtime Burrito 70

How Do Sauces Thicken?

Experiment: Which is the Better Thickener? 73

All About Thickeners 74

What Happened in the Experiment? 75


Over-the-Rainbow Mac and Cheese 76

Chile Con Queso Dip 78

How Does Bread Rise?

Experiment: How Does Sugar Affect Yeast’s Growth? 81

Steps to Make Bread 82

What Happened in the Experiment? 85


All-American White Bread 86

Basic Pizza Dough 88

Possibilities Pizza 89

“Saucy” Sausage and Veggie Stromboli 91

Monkey Bread 93

What is Baking Powder?

Experiment: Does Temperature Affect How Much Baking Powder Bubbles? 96

Baking Powder and Quick Breads 97

What Happened in the Experiment? 98


Baking Powder Drop Biscuits 99

Breakfast Strawberry Shortcakes 101

Picnic Time Carrot, Coconut, and Currant Bread 102

Protein-Packed Blueberry Pancakes 104

Basic Muffins with Variations 106

What Happens When You Beat Egg Whites or Cook Eggs?

Experiment: Which Egg Whites Whip Up Faster? 110

All About Eggs 111

What Happened in the Experiment? 112


The Best Veggie Quiche Recipe 113

Custom Omelets 116

Angel Food Cake 118

Part II No More Boxes, Cans, or Jars: Do It Yourself!

Make-Your-Own Salad Dressings

Activity: Make-Your-Own Mayonnaise 124

Emulsions 125

What Happened in the Activity? 125


Trendy Tuna Salad 126

Italian Dressing 127

Rich Raspberry Dressing 128

Layered Lunchtime Salads in a Jar 129

Default Delicious Three Bean Salad 131

Paninis with Mayo Pesto Dressing 132

Fresh Fruit Cocktail with Honey Yogurt Dressing 134

Grow-Your-Own Herbs

Activity: Plant an Indoor Herb Garden 137

Common Herbs and Spices 138

What Happened in the Activity? 139


Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce 140

Creamy Blender Pesto Sauce 142

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Sauce with Artichokes, Olives, and Tomatoes 143

Make-Your-Own Fermented Foods,

Activity: Use Bacteria to Make Yogurt from Milk 146

Making Pickles 148

What Happened in the Activity? 148


Aunt Teresa’s OldFashioned Bread-andButter Pickles 149

Cool Crunchy Refrigerator Pickles 151

Make-Your-Own Smoothies

Experiment: Test the Viscosity of Fluids 155

Smoothies and Heterogeneous Mixtures 156

What Happened in the Experiment? 157


Vita-Packed Tri-Berry Smoothie 158

“Tropicalicious” Island Mango Smoothie 159

Green-n-Lean Warrior Smoothie 160

Make-Your-Own Popsicles

Activity: Test What Happens When Water Turns to Ice 163

Ice 163

What Happened in the Activity? 164


Fruity Popsicles 165

Yogurt-Fruit Swirl Popsicles 166

Pudding Popsicles 168

Make-Your-Own Power Cookie Mix

Activity: Make Sugar Crystals 171

Sugars and Health 172

What Happened in the Activity? 172


Power Cookie Mix 173

Peanut Butter Cookie Treats 174

M&M Cookies 175

Major Molasses Cookie Bites 176

Delicious Double Chocolate Honey Brownies 177

Make-Your-Own Nut Butter

Experiment: Compare the Freezing Point of Oils Such as Peanut Oil 180

Freezing Points of Oils 181

What Happened in the Experiment? 181


Homemade Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter 182

The Best Banana Almond Milkshake 184

“Peanutty” Coco-Chocolate Energy Treats 185

Easy Cashew Fettuccini with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Chives 187

Make-Your-Own Jam

Experiment: Compare Pectin Content of Fruits 191

Pectin and Colloids 192

What Happened in the Experiment? 192


Jammin’ Red Raspberry Jam 193

Whole-Wheat Snickerdoodle Surprise Muffins 195

Chicken Breasts Glazed with Peach Jam 197

Make-Your-Own Dried Fruits

Experiment: Compare Water Content of Fresh and Dried Fruit 200

Dehydration of Fruit 202

What Happened in the Experiment? 203


Overnight Slow-Cooked Maple Apple Oatmeal 204

Crunchy Granola 206

Bread Pudding with Raisins 208

“No Yeast” Holiday Stollen 210

Appendix A. Nutrient Content of Recipes 213

Glossary 221

Index 227

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