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A beautiful, hardcover recipe book with a twist: each recipe is a science experiment you can do at home. When you buy one, we give one.
A beautiful, hardcover recipe book with a twist: each recipe is a science experiment you can do at home. When you buy one, we give one.
1,193 backers pledged NZ$ 85,462 to help bring this project to life.

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The Kitchen Science Cookbook is a beautiful, lovingly-crafted hardcover recipe book with a twist: each recipe is a science experiment that you can do at home, using simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry. Designed for parents and caregivers of children aged 4 - 14.

I first had the idea for The Kitchen Science Cookbook almost three years ago when I was talking with a mother after one of our live science shows. She desperately wanted to be able to share science with her children, but didn’t feel confident enough to do so. At the same time though, she was an incredible baker - she could follow a recipe with ease, and would confidently adapt recipes to create something new. That process of experimentation – of trial and error – is science…she just didn’t see it that way. 

I realised that if I could make science as accessible and easy to follow as a recipe I could help this mother – and many other parents - to build their confidence, and in turn share that confidence and curiosity with their children.

We've had a lot of fun making this book!
We've had a lot of fun making this book!

As a nanotechnologist and engineering academic at The University of Auckland, New Zealand, I have worked all over the world in tech jobs. I am acutely aware of the importance of diversity in STEM – and the lack of diversity in some STEM fields. Two years ago I co-founded Nanogirl Labs, a social enterprise, to try and make a difference in this critical area. Sharing my vision for the book with my co-founder, we decided to bring this project to life. Now, after a huge amount of work from our amazing team, the book is ready to print!

After scribbling down an initial collection of more than 200 recipes, we have selected 50 to be included in this first edition of The Kitchen Science Cookbook. With a community of over 2000 families from around the world, we tested each experiment, making sure that the ingredients and equipment required were easy to find in their home, or readily available nearby.

A family testing one of our recipes
A family testing one of our recipes

 We strongly believe that science education should be accessible to all, and to support that mission have chosen to distribute The Kitchen Science Cookbook on a ‘buy one, give one’ basis. For every copy of The Kitchen Science Cookbook purchased by Kickstarter backers, a copy will be donated to a school, library or community to enable those who may not otherwise have access to build their confidence in science.

At its heart, The Kitchen Science Cookbook is about bringing science into the home; making fundamental scientific principles accessible, building confidence through experience, and creating memories of discovery and play that will last a lifetime - and hopefully foster a lifelong love of science.

From all of us at Nanogirl Labs, we hope you will help to make this exciting project a reality. Please, support The Kitchen Science Cookbook.

The Kitchen Science Cookbook Team
The Kitchen Science Cookbook Team

 

Risks and challenges

The book has been written, illustrated and tested with parents and kids around the world. We have fully costed the printing and have some great mentors who have self-published successful cookbooks before.
It's hard to predict the unknown, but unless there is an issue with the printer, we are as confident as we can be that our project will be on time.

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    Pledge NZ$ 10 or more About $7

    Signed Recipe Card

    A recipe card, signed by author Dr Michelle Dickinson, with one of our favorite recipes from the book.

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    Pledge NZ$ 25 or more About $17

    E-Book by Christmas 2017!

    An e-book copy of The Kitchen Science Cookbook, delivered before Christmas 2017. This is an option to support our project without receiving a physical version of the book.

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    Pledge NZ$ 50 or more About $34

    Buy One, Gift One plus free eBook!

    A hardback, first edition copy of The Kitchen Science Cookbook autographed by the author Dr Michelle Dickinson. An additional hardback copy of the book will be gifted to a school, library, or community in your country. Because the hardback books won't be ready until March 2018, we also include an eBook version delivered in time for Christmas.

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    Pledge NZ$ 100 or more About $69

    Buy two, gift two plus free eBook!

    Two hardback, first edition copies of The Kitchen Science Cookbook autographed by the author Dr Michelle Dickinson. Two additional hardback copies of the book will be gifted to schools, libraries, or communities in your country.

    Because the hardback books won't be ready until March 2018, we also include two eBooks version delivered in time for Christmas.

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    Pledge NZ$ 250 or more About $171

    Buy five, gift five plus free eBook!

    Five hardback, first edition copies of The Kitchen Science Cookbook autographed by the author Dr Michelle Dickinson. Five additional hardback copies of the book will be gifted to schools, libraries, or communities in your country.

    Because the hardback books won't be ready until March 2018, we also include five eBook version delivered in time for Christmas.

    In addition, you'll receive a printed acknowledgment of your support in the book, and a free eBook version of the cookbook which will arrive in time for Christmas.

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    Pledge NZ$ 300 or more About $206

    Personal Cooking Lesson

    One 1-hour science cooking lesson Skype session, two autographed copies of The Kitchen Science Cookbook and two copies gifted to a community in your country. Plus a printed acknowledgment in the book of your support, Because the hardback books won't be ready until March 2018, we also include two free eBook versions of the cookbook which will arrive in time for Christmas.

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    Pledge NZ$ 500 or more About $343

    School visit plus the books!

    Nominate your favourite school and Dr Michelle Dickinson will provide a science cooking lesson for one class (virtual or physical lesson depending on location).
    Plus get two autographed copies of The Kitchen Science Cookbook and two copies gifted to a community in your country. Plus a printed acknowledgment in the book of your support, Because the hardback books won't be ready until March 2018, we also include two free eBook versions of the cookbook which will arrive in time for Christmas.

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    Pledge NZ$ 2,500 or more About $1,714

    Corporates buy 50, gift 50 + free eBooks

    Why not make this one of your corporate gifts? Buy fifty hardback copies of the first edition of The Kitchen Science Cookbook autographed by the author Dr Michelle Dickinson and an additional fifty hardback books will be gifted to a school, library, or community in your country. Plus we will add a printed acknowledgment in the book of your organisations support and up to fifty free eBook version of the cookbook which will arrive in time for Christmas.

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    Pledge NZ$ 5,000 or more About $3,428

    Recipe in your name

    Want to have your own recipe? We will name one of our recipes after you in the first edition of our book, as well as deliver two hardback copies of the first edition of The Kitchen Science Cookbook autographed by the author Dr Michelle Dickinson and an additional two hardback books will be gifted to a school, library, or community in your country. Plus we will add a printed acknowledgment in the book of your organisations support and two free eBook versions of the cookbook which will arrive in time for Christmas.

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