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Starting From Scratch: What You Should Know about Food and Cooking Hardcover – March 18, 2014
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Second- NO recipes. Not a one. While everything in the book can be used to prepare and improve recipes found elsewhere, it doesn't include any. I can see the point, but personally I would have preferred a few simple ones that illustrated the points being made.
The text is entertaining and very readable, and accurate to the best of my knowledge (and I am something of a food prep nerd). The layout is great, including the illustrations, and make it fun to read.
I think if I were to give this to a kid getting interested in cooking, I'd accompany it with a solid recipe book. so s/he can apply their new knowledge as well as just read about it. I think it would be a great resource for homeschoolers, too- cooking is one of the best ways of showing kids how math really IS practical! I'll also mention that the other female chem majors I knew in college ALL got into chemistry through our love of cooking!
While it's not quite what I was hoping for when I bought it, I think it's an excellent book and fills a gap, especially for kids who want to know "why?" about everything!