The Hungry Scientist Handbook by Patrick Buckley and Lily Binns

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Subtitle: Electric Birthday Cakes, Edible Origami, and Other DIY Projects for Techies, Tinkerers and Foodies.

Stars: ***1/2

I received this book from HarperCollins for review. It is being counted towards the Science Book Challenge too.

I am not a Techie, Tinkerer or Foodie but the premise sounded interesting and I was expecting fun experiments I could try and possibly share with my Girl Guides. The book wasn’t quite what I was expecting. It’s for adults and those who know a lot about technology. I know how to do most things on a computer and I wrote a VERY simple program once but I couldn’t follow most of the instructions. There are a couple of “mini” projects throughout the book and those are the only ones I could probably do.

If you are looking for a book with experiments ranging from somewhat complicated to complicated with a lot of steps that you can eat when it’s done, then this book would be a 4 Star book. It wasn’t what I was expecting though and was too advanced for me which is why I rated it 1/2 a star less.

Here are just some of the experiments you will learn how to do:
Cryogenic Ice Cream
Modular Pecan Pie

Light-Up Lollipops
Dry-Ice Martinis
Caramel Lingerie
Brew Beer from Scratch

That’s just a few. You can also find tons more on the Hungry Scientist Blog.

Only two authors are listed on the book but the experiments were designed and tested by a group of 13 including one child. Most of the experiments are for adults only with a few that could be done with children if given LOTS of help and supervision.

I must say, it was a very INTERESTING book.

Other’s Reviews: Book LornLiving the Scientific Life (not a book blog and has a different view of the book than me, so go see what she had to say)

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