The Way Kitchens Work: The Science Behind the Microwave, Teflon Pan, Garbage Disposal, and More

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Chicago Review Press, Apr 1, 2010 - Cooking - 192 pages
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"How does a microwave heat food?" "Why is only one side of aluminum foil shiny""?" and" Is it better to use cold or hot water in a garbage" "disposal?" are among the questions answered in this guide that reveals the hidden science of the kitchen and its trappings. Profiling more than 50 common appliances and utensils, this handbook describes each item's history, reveals interesting trivia about the piece, and discusses the technology involved. In addition to featuring the original patent blueprints and photographs of the "guts" of the culinary tools, this guide recounts quirky side stories such as the role a waffle iron played in Nike's inception and the real reason why socialite Josephine Cochran invented the dishwasher in 1886. Those whose stovetop skills are still in development will appreciate the information on the invention and use of the smoke detector and hand-held fire extinguishers.
  

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User Review  - Shila - Goodreads

I liked this book a lot. It would be great for the child who always has questions about how things work. It gives a pretty simplified but accurate description of how kitchen appliances work. Read full review

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probably great for kids & the mechanically inept. :) Read full review

Contents

Aluminum Foil
1
Bag Sealer
3
Blende
6
Bread Machine
11
Can Opener
15
Coffee Grinder
18
Coffee Maker
20
Coffee Roaster
25
Microwave Oven
103
Mixer
108
Oven Electric
111
Oven Gas
115
Pepper Mill
118
Popcorn Popper
121
Pressure Cooker
125
Range Hood
128

Coffee Urn
28
Cork Remover
31
CrockPot
34
Deep Fat Fryer
36
Dishwasher
40
Dustbuster
44
Electric Grill
47
Electric Knife
51
Electric Teapot
55
Espresso Maker
57
Faucet
61
Fire Extinguisher
65
Food Processor
69
Garbage Disposal
73
Garlic Chopper
77
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter GFCI Switch
79
Hot Plate
83
Ice Maker
86
Juicer
91
Kitchen Torch
95
Knife
99
Refrigerator
131
Refrigerator Magnet
137
Salad Shooter
139
Salad Spinner
142
Saran Wrap
145
Smoke Detector
147
Steamer
150
Stove
154
TeflonCoated Frying Pan
159
Timer
161
Toaster
165
Toaster Oven
171
Trash Compactor
176
Turkey Timer
179
Waffle Iron
182
Water Filter
186
Watercooler
192
Wine Saver
198
BIBLIOGRAPHY
203
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Ed Sobey is president of the Northwest Invention Center, where learning programs about invention are developed and presented, and is treasurer and director of Kids Invent! He lives in Redmond, Washington.

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