I'm excited about a new homeschool class that we have created and both of the kids are taking it together. We are calling the class Food Science and it is based on episodes and books from Alton Brown's Food Network series called Good Eats.
The original Good Eats show began in 1999 and continued for 15 seasons. Stuart and I watched a lot of these shows back in the days before children. Alton Brown is a quirky, sarcastic, fun chef who teaches with science, puppets, and crazy antics. He makes cooking fun even while you are learning about science. I believe there are 245 episodes so we have plenty of curriculum to go through. There are three Good Eats books and they have a few pages for each episode of the show. I found the first two books used for about half the price of new so it was like getting 2 for the price of 1. Yay for used books!
The first episode is called Steak Your Claim and it is all about cooking steak. What a way to jump right in to cooking!
The kids learned about seasoning the steak before cooking and we looked at, felt, and tasted different forms of salt such as kosher salt, coarse and fine sea salt, and pink Himalayan salt. Alton recommends using coarse kosher salt for steak.