"Starting from Scratch
stands out because of its friendly, accessible approach to teaching kids about the importance of healthy eating and preparing your own food. ...Daring and picky eaters alike will feel encouraged to diversify their food choices by taking pride in their own cooking adventures." (Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW
"...a book I'd heartily recommend for elementary and middle school classrooms and libraries. Elton doesn't just talk about cooking and baking; she talks about nutrition, science and ethics as well."
(Julie Danielson Kirkus Reviews
"Elton's insightful text is punctuated by Kulak's quirky, vintage art ... a sumptuous treat for any budding foodie to digest."
"A well-organized, descriptive book about the science, history, and tools of cooking and food. ... This book will supplement the 641 section by adding a food science and history dimension that is rarely seen at the intermediate level."
(Carrie Randall Library Media Connection
"Novice cooks of all ages will find Starting from Scratch
an invaluable basic food preparation curriculum. Highly recommended!"
(The Midwest Book Review
"There are so many possible ways for teachers to use this book ... [it] deserves a place in every middle school (and yes, high school) library's nonfiction collection."
(Canadian Review of Materials
"There's more than enough in this encouraging book to get aspiring chefs started and plenty for confirmed foodies who enjoy working in the kitchen." (School Library Journal - Nonfiction Notes
"For those kids who love cooking and eating, this title should be required reading ... written in a clear and engaging style, this title has plenty of kid appeal."
(School Library Journal
"A lively, colorful and matter-of-fact introduction to the culture of food ... what will make the volume of interest to young readers are the eye-catching art and the many fascinating tidbits of information." (Kirkus Reviews
"An intelligent introduction to food and cooking meant for children 10 or older but useful for adult beginners as well." (Florence Fabricant The New York Times
“How are we going to teach our kids to cook? Sarah Elton has taken a big step with Starting from Scratch
(Michael Pollan via Twitter
"This abundantly illustrated book offers insight into areas that even adult cooks may take for granted. ...A fascinating look at food from a different angle." (School Library Journal (Focus on Food & Cooking)
"A boon to beginner cooks of all ages." (Alive Natural Health & Wellness Magazine
"An important book on this subject." (The Bracebridge Examiner
"Will inspire your students to eat better, try new flavours, and understand what is on their plate." (Resource Links
"Recipes are demystified and cooking is boiled down to the basics... What a delicious idea!" (Canadian Children's Book Centre
"If you have a future foodie in your midst, start exposing them to the science and FUN involved with cooking. With this book, they will become a chef for life!" (Green Teacher
SARAH ELTON is an author and journalist who specializes in writing about food. Her bestselling books for adults include Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet and Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens, How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat. A food columnist for CBC Radio's Here and Now, she lives in Toronto. Visit sarahelton.ca and find Sarah on Twitter @SarahAElton.
JEFF KULAK is an Edmonton-born, Montreal-based designer-illustrator. From his studio, a converted room in a former nunnery, he creates art for books, magazines, album covers, and event posters.