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Edible Inventions

Book Description

Believe it or not, there's a lot of inventing going on in the kitchen. Unless you only eat fruits and veggies right off the plant, you are using tools and techniques invented by humans to make food more tasty and easier to digest. When you cook food, you start to break it down into a form your body can absorb. When you add chemicals to make it thicker, gooey-er, or puffy-er, you turn a bunch of boring ingredients into a mouth-watering snack. Edible Inventions: Cooking Hacks and Yummy Recipes You Can Build, Mix, Bake, and Grow will show you some unusual ways to create a meal, and help you invent some of your own.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Preface
  3. Introduction: How to Cook Up a New Invention
  4. The Edible Inventions Pantry
  5. Chapter 1: Crazy Kitchen Gadgets and Useful Utensils
    1. Make a Better Butter Maker
    2. Project: Handmade Butter in a Jar
    3. Project: Make a Motorized ButterBot
    4. 3D Food Printing
    5. Computers, Drawings, and Pancakes
    6. Project: Plot a Drawing on a Graph
    7. Project: Make a Hydraulic LEGO 3D Food Printer
    8. More about Cooking Tools
  6. Chapter 2: Create Chemical Cuisine
    1. Gels, Bouncy Spheres, and Rubbery Noodles
    2. Project: Juicy Gelatin Dots
    3. Project: Agar Noodles
    4. Recipe: Agar-Agar Raindrop Cake
    5. Foamy Goodness
    6. Recipe: Baked Foam Meringue Cookies
    7. Recipe: Homemade Whipped Gelatin Marshmallows
    8. Recipe: Marshmallow SunPies
    9. Recipe: Fizzy Watermelon Lemonade
    10. The Chemistry of Crystals
    11. Project: Rock Candy Sticks
    12. Flash-Frozen Delights
    13. Recipe: Dry Ice Sorbet
    14. Project: Make Below-Freezing Ice Sorbet
    15. More about Chemical Cuisine
  7. Chapter 3: Hack It from Scratch
    1. The History of Cold Breakfast
    2. Recipe: Crunchy Granola
    3. The Invention That Changed Baking
    4. Recipe: Pancake Mix
    5. Recipe: Pancake Mix Pancakes
    6. Condiments and Spreads
    7. Recipe: Tangy Fermented Ketchup from Scratch
    8. Recipe: Oven-Baked French Fries
    9. Recipe: Sweet Refrigerator Pickles
    10. Recipe: Homemade Hummus
    11. Nuke It! The Microwave Revolution
    12. Recipe: Applesauce Cake in a Mug
    13. Recipe: Homemade Applesauce
    14. More about Cooking from Scratch
  8. Chapter 4: Grow Your Own Ingredients
    1. Project: Grow Sprouts in a Jar
    2. Project: Grow Instant Indoor Veggies from Kitchen Cuttings
    3. Project: Plant an (Almost) Instant Avocado Tree
    4. Recipe: Guacamole Dip with Tomato
    5. Project: Make an Aquaponic Jar
    6. Project: Use a Compost Jar to Turn Veggie Scraps into Soil
    7. Project: Build an Indoor Worm Bin
    8. More about Growing Edible Plants
  9. Chapter 5: Cook off the Grid
    1. Cooking with the Sun
    2. How Solar Ovens Work
    3. Project: Build a Cardboard Solar Oven
    4. Solar Recipes
    5. Recipe: Solar Nachos
    6. Recipe: Solar Oatmeal Cookies
    7. Recipe: Solar Chocolate Cake
    8. Self-Contained Cooking
    9. Project: Self-Contained Countertop Yogurt-Maker
    10. Project: Put Together a Meal-Sized Thermal Cooker
    11. Recipe: Thermal Cooker Lentils and Rice
    12. DIY Outdoor Stove
    13. Project: Tin Can Cooker
    14. Recipe: Grilled Cheese
    15. Recipe: Egg-in-a-Hole
    16. More about Alternative Cooking Methods
  10. Index
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