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The Science of Cooking

Explore recipes, activities, and Webcasts that will enhance your understanding of the science behind food and cooking. All you need is a pinch of curiosity to improve your cooking.

For example: All you need is an egg. So visit a farm, check out some recipes and activities to do with an egg, learn about the scientific processes at work when you cook an egg, then share and discuss any tips about cooking with eggs.


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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Junior/Community College, University
Curriculum Areas:Science
Themes/Keywords: bread
candy
chemical reactions
cooking
eggs
food
meat
pickles
recipes
seasoning


Vocabulary
recipe, fermentation, experiment, leavening, aroma, nutritional, senses, domesticated, transforming, diet, grain, proteins, placidly, sucrose, molecules, spices


Essential Question(s)
1. What types of scientific processes are in place when you cook?
2. Which foods are part of the daily diet worldwide?

Discussion Question(s)
1. When you understand the science of cooking is it easier to understand how to cook?

Extension and Activities
1. Language Arts: In groups brainstorm and post a cooking question on the website.
2. History/Social Science: Research fermented foods or breads and create a presentation on the foods you found from around the world.
3. Science: Write a science lab report for one of the cooking labs from the website.
4. Mathematics: In groups brainstorm names of at least 20 candies. Research the ingredients of these candies. Chart your results.
5. Science: Research these ingredients - high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial food coloring, trans fat, sodium, carnauba wax. For each ingredient find the top 3 candies with the largest amount and the top 3 candies with the lowest amount. Graph the results.
6. Language Arts: In small groups write and perform an positive advertisement for one of these - eggs, pickles, candy, bread, seasoning, or meat. Repeat with an advertisement with a negative view point.


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