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Starting from Scratch is a food manifesto that helps young readers relate to what they eat, inspiring both budding chefs and budding food lovers in the process. Beginning with an exploration of taste and how it works, author and food activist Sarah Elton explains how ingredients have been on the move for centuries, resulting in the unique fusion of flavors we love today. S ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Owlkids Books (first published March 11th 2014)
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Although it does contain four recipes in the back, this book is not a cookbook but rather a primer on food and various ingredients that can be combined to make foods taste even better. The chapters are brief and filled with engaging text and lively illustrations. Readers may enjoy learning about the importance of preparation and gathering the necessary utensils and ingredients before beginning to cook. Although it is easy to eat out nowadays, the author reminds readers that using fresh ingredien ...more
The brightly colored cover with graphics in shades of green and yellow set the tone for this upbeat, informal, but thorough, book about all things food. Canadian food writer Elton’s breezy text covers the importance of taste and what’s behind it, how food makes us who we are, the science of cooking, the ins and outs of recipes, getting set and using the kitchen, good cooking everyday. The ethics of cooking (religious traditions, sustainability), cooking safety, cleanliness, and even setting the ...more
I won a copy of this book in the Goodreads First Reads program.

This is a book written to introduce children to some basic concepts about food, nutrition, and cooking. It starts with understanding how taste and our senses determine how we experience food and if we like it. It covers tools commonly used in cooking and how to use them safely. It also explains how to use a recipe, replacing ingredients, what flavors work well together, and how to measure everything correctly.

The book brings up iss
Sep 07, 2014 Deb rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is a great book for children learning more about food, cooking, and nutrition. The book is well organized, and uses a one or two page spread to thoroughly explore each subtopic of the chapter. This method makes it convenient for young readers to read only short passages at a time, and finish that concept.

Beginning "chefs" will learn a lot from this book about food and cooking. This book is designed to teach the fundamentals to young children, and whet their appetites for more. Because the
The title sums this one up nicely: "what you should know about food and cooking." It's not a cookbook, but rather an explanation of how to cook, what makes a good meal, and how ingredients work together. I thought it was pretty interesting (disclaimer: I'm an adult reader with not much knowledge about food or cooking... I'm ashamed to admit how often I go out/order in). The layout and illustrations were great and worked well together to make the text more eye-catching and appealing. I think this ...more
It's a good book if you just want to know how to flavor and taste your foods but I was under the assumption that it would have recipes and tell you how to make everything yourself. I honestly wouldn't have even entered to win this book if I had known more about it. But if you want to know flavors and smells this books for you.
Gabriella Powell
Good for people who love cooking
Excellent book for kids interested in learning more about food and cooking.
This book looks like a great way to introduce young children to cooking, and healthy food! I look forward to being able to use this with any future children I may have. Or I can use it with my younger cousins.
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Sarah Elton is an award winning and bestselling author and journalist.
Sarah has written three books and edited one anthology. Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens, How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat and Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet both explore sustainability and our food.
Her latest book is for young people ages ten plus and is titled Starting from Scratch: What You Need
More about Sarah Elton...
Locavore: From Farmers' Fields to Rooftop Gardens - How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet City of Words: Toronto Through Her Writers' Eyes

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