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Starting from Scratch

Starting from Scratch

Starting from Scratch
What You Should Know about Food and Cooking
Written by Sarah Elton
Illustrated by Jeff Kulak

Starting from Scratch is a manifesto on food that will help kids relate to what they eat, whether on special occasions or every day, inspiring both budding chefs and budding food lovers in the process. Beginning with an exploration of taste and the way it works, author and food activist Sarah Elton explains how ingredients have been on the move for centuries, resulting in the unique and fusion flavors we love today. She breaks down the science of food and cooking into bite-sized and easily digestible pieces of information that cover everything from the chemistry of heat versus cold, fat versus acid, and salt versus sweet.

Both practical and philosophical in its approach, Starting from Scratch demystifies food and cooking by boiling it down to the basics. Kids will be able to make sense of recipes, measure and substitute ingredients, and stock a pantry, but they’ll also discover that food is more than just a prepackaged meal. Using simple and universal examples, like how an onion is transformed when it’s boiled versus charred, caramelized versus fried, Starting from Scratch will inspire kids to eat better, try new flavors, and understand what’s on their plate

Even readers who decide the kitchen isn’t for them will leave with an improved sense of where food comes from and be able to join in on a conversation that continues from snack time to dinnertime.

March 2014
96 pages, colour illustrations
7.5 X 9.5 in
Format: Hardcover
Ages 10 and up
ISBN 978-1-926973-96-8

About the Author
Sarah Elton is an author and journalist who specializes in food writing. Her books for adults include Consumed: Sustainable Food for a Finite Planet and Locavore: From Farmer’s Fields to Rooftop Gardens, How Canadians are Changing the Way We Eat. She is a frequent contributor on CBC Radio. This is her first book for children. Sarah Elton lives in Toronto, Ontario.

About the Illustrator
Jeff Kulak is an award-winning illustrator and designer with numerous books to his credit including the Learn to Speak series, for which he won an Alcuin Book Design Award. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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