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The Hungry Scientist Handbook: Electric Birthday Cakes, Edible Origami, and Other DIY Projects for Techies, Tinkerers, and Foodies Paperback – September 23, 2008
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About the Author
Patrick Buckley, a graduate of MIT, has worked at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories as a mechanical engineer. When not tinkering or inventing, he can be found kiteboarding, paragliding, or training for Ironman triathlons. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Lily Binns is a writer and a producer for the dance company Pilobolus. She lives in Brooklyn.
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Top Customer Reviews
And it's not really appropriate for a junior high science class, either, with an emphasis on alcohol and "edible undies" for the opening chapter, this seems to be a book without a really strong sense of audience. If at all possible, open a copy and thumb through it before buying, I'm not really sure who this book is directed at.
There's enough here to keep me entertained for many weekends, and I highly recommend it as a present for others!
I did like the writing and I will keep it on my shelf for that mythical day when I can actually do more of the projects.
of the 19 "recipes", less than half are food, approx 25% are food w/ lights put in them. the "beer" recipe is actually a recipe for disaster. Instead of harvesting "wild" yeast that generally make your brew taste bad, just order some yeast online... it's still science-y, I swear.
Really there is only one thing I want to make, and that is the Pomegranate wine. But I don't think I'll use their recipe. I've been brewing mead for 1.5 years now, and some of the stuff they say just doesn't really add up. With that bit of knowledge, I must assume that most of what they say to do doesn't really add up.
This book is an interesting read and more of a coffee table type book than a reference book. The twenty projects featured in it vary widely: from folding wonton wrappers into cranes, to a solar powered temperature sensing coaster, to edible underwear. This is a project book focused on the adult crowd: many projects feature alcohol or already mentioned edible underwear, all projects would require adult help or supervision.
While all of the projects are interesting, most of them do not focus on novel science. Mostly they are just using well known science with food somehow. For example a number of projects feature liquid nitrogen or dry ice to make liquids bubble; this is something we do all the time at our yearly Halloween party. Each of the projects do feature small asides that provide some interesting info about the food or the science behind it.
My biggest complaint about this book is that you won't be able to do the majority of these projects without running out to purchase a number of specialty items. Many of them require soldering tools, electronics, or other strange items. For example the LED birthday cake requires edible silver varak leaf (they do list a source for this in the back of the book). So while an amusing read, most of these experiments would take a lot of work to pull off at home and to be honest, most of them probably aren't worth the effort.
Overall I liked the book and thought it was amusing. It would make a great coffee table book. As far as a book for practical projects you can do at home, this book leaves something to be desired.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
disappointed by the contents of the book. title makes it sound much cooler that it is. could have easily found all of these "recipes" elsewhere. no original content. Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by Mah Tab
This book is fun to read. The projects are too advanced for the average person though. Unless you work in a college science lab and have unrestricted access to lab equipment most... Read morePublished on May 10, 2014 by Mary P.
Just the partabout the joule thieft justified the book. But now to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen! Pleantyof othe good stuff in this book.Published on October 18, 2013 by m005kennedy
My husband and I would classify ourselves as both techies and foodies, which is why I purchased the book. Unfortunately, the title is misleading. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by Lady
the lantern arrived promptly. however, it was not as bright as i expected. i used it for camping and i would have liked more light. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Justine
I bought this book for my boyfriend for Christmas. He's a science nerd and also loves to cook. It was the perfect gift for him! Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by Melody McClellan
I bought this book because I was under the impression that this was a book about food and cooking techniques. It is not. It is a book about technology crow barred into a food book. Read morePublished on March 10, 2009 by K. Bourgault