Crave-Worthy Candy Confections with a Side of Science: 4D An Augmented Recipe Science Experience

9781543510713. Eboch, M.M. Scrumptious Cookies with a Side of Science: 4D An Augmented Recipe Science Experience. ISBN 9781543510737.ea vol: 32p. (Sweet Eats with a Side of Science 4D). further reading. glossary. photos. websites. Capstone. Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $31.32.
Gr 5 Up—Cooking is a great way to absorb science concepts and learn lab techniques, and when that learning is incentivized with dessert? Slam dunk. Twelve recipes per book are presented in a nice tidy layout, with ingredients and supplies clearly listed in boxes at the top of the page. Detailed process writing in a slightly casual tone is good for clarity—a timer "dings," frosting can lose its "fluffiness," and illuminating sidebars explain what is happening as ingredients combine or heat is applied. In each volume, valuable information, especially for students, is cemented by observable (and edible) results, which will also make for better cooking and baking results. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan recipes are sprinkled throughout, as well as substitutions for common allergens. Some recipes require only a microwave or a refrigerator, which is great for clubs or classrooms without access to an oven. Most recipes are for beginning bakers, but some are more challenging or fiddly—fortune cookies and biscotti.
VERDICT Helpful tips, smart science, and lots of sugar! An excellent pick for cooking programs looking to incorporate science concepts.

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