Why does chocolate melt? Why do onions make your eyes water? Why do eggs turn white when heated but bread turn brown when toasted? This book provides the answers to that favorite of children's questions-"Why?"-and inspires them to test things out for themselves in How Cooking Works. The book starts with the importance of preparation, kitchen safety and hygiene, and highlights the parts of every recipe where children must take extra care or should use an adult's assistance. Each recipe starts with a core idea, such as making a basic pizza. Not sure what you want on top? Have a look at the suggestions that follow-there's enough variety for the whole family! And now you've mastered the dough mix, you can also try cheesy sticks, bread rolls, and garlic bread. But there's more to this recipe book than the recipes. Usually when faced with instructions, children (and many adults!) ask "Why do I have to do that?" We encourage such questions, and explain why the action forms an important part of cooking: sift the flour to get lumps out and air in and you'll get a smoother, lighter cake. Mix yeast with sugar so the chemicals react and give off gas (look for the bubbles) that makes your pizza dough rise-then gently punch the dough to get the air back out again. So get inspired, get the answers, and get How Cooking Works!
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