The Hungry Scientist Handbook: Electric Birthday Cakes, Edible Origami, and Other DIY Projects for Techies, Tinkerers, and Foodies by Patrick Buckley and Lily Binns, published by Collins Living (September 23, 2008).

We are totally into food and science in this house. My 6 year old boys current obsession is science experiments and where else to do it but the kitchen – he performs experiments like the rubber chicken bone and the baking soda and vinegar volcano and the tea bag rocket.

Science and food is not new to us, with a foodie and a tech geek in the house, of course we were bound to make icecream using liquid nitrogen (cryogenic icecream), and I was excited to see this included in this book.

This terrific book is filled with fabulous and fun, kinky and geeky ideas. How about caramel underwear :: LED lollypops :: pumpkin pin hole camera :: modular pecan pie :: making beer, wine and bread (from scratch) :: edible origami :: a beer can stove, a marshmallow catapult and an outdoor roaster.

Obviously these are not children’s projects and safety equipment is advised, in fact the book comes with some serious warnings and disclaimers. The instructions are fun and understandable and clear, all the photos are black and white with diagrams where needed. This is a book about community, experimenting and enjoying life.


electric origami

by admin on 06/04/2008

in Art+Design

A DIY LED-lit cube / paper lantern:  a translucent and flexible thin-film electronic circuit hooks up a battery to an LED, limber enough to be folded into an origami box. [link evil mad scientist]