[IAEP] [Sugar-devel] New activity from OLPC France

mokurai at earthtreasury.org mokurai at earthtreasury.org
Sat Apr 23 14:36:22 EDT 2011

On Fri, April 22, 2011 5:00 am, Stefanie Nobel wrote:
> Hi Walter,
> That’s an interesting point. At the beginning I also had something more
> an experimental cook studio in mind. During my research I found some funny
> things, like making an own pH indicator with red cabbage, a natural pH
> indicator that changes colors according to the acidity of the solution
> you’re mixing with. For example when you fry your egg with a little red
> cabbage juice the egg becomes green. I found several other good, but for
> the moment I am not sure how to include it in our game.
> But concerning your question I can only offer a database with prepared
> aliments and their nutritional values. As far as I know, there is no
rule of
> thumb how cooking impacts food. The impact depends on the aliment. I am
> currently looking for more information on this topic, so when I find
> anything I will let you know.

There are several books on the subject from varying points of view and for
different audiences. Examples include

* Let's Cook It Right (1988), by Adelle Davis

* Science Experiments You Can Eat: Revised Edition (1984), by Vicki Cobb
and David Cain

* Amazing Kitchen Chemistry Projects You Can Build Yourself (May 1, 2008)
by Cynthia Light Brown and Blair Shedd

* Kitchen Chemistry - Paperback (July 1, 2005) by Ted Lister and Heston

* What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained (May 17, 2002) by
Robert L. Wolke

* "The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake: a Book About Kitchen
Chemistry" and "The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: a Book About How Living
Things Grow" (2-volume set) (PBS Magic School Bus) - Paperback (1994) by
Patricia Relf Linda Beech and John Spiers Ted Enik

* On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee

* Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food by Jeff Potter

* Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking by Michael

* The Science Chef: 100 Fun Food Experiments and Recipes for Kids by Joan

* The Science Chef Travels Around the World: Fun Food Experiments and
Recipes for Kids, by Joan D'Amico, Karen E. Drummond

* The Science of Cooking - Hardcover (June 8, 2001) by Peter Barham

* Food Science (Food Science Text Series) by Norman N. Potter and Joseph
H. Hotchkiss (1999)

* Essentials of Food Science (Food Science Text Series) by Vickie A.
Vaclavik and Elizabeth W. Christian (Paperback - Nov 30, 2007)

* Food Chemistry by H.-D. Belitz, Werner Grosch and Peter Schieberle
(Paperback - Feb 27, 2009)

* The Science of Good Food: The Ultimate Reference on How Cooking Works by
David Joachim, Andrew Schloss and A. Philip Handel Ph.D. (Paperback - Oct
10, 2008)

* Understanding Food Science and Technology (with InfoTrac) by Peter S.
Murano (Hardcover - Sep 25, 2002)

among many others that you can find on Amazon. There is also a huge
scientific literature on these topics, and discussions of related
subjects, such as

* Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor (Arts and
Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History) by Hervé This
and Malcolm DeBevoise (Paperback - Aug 1, 2008)

> Stefanie
> 2011/4/18 Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com>
>>  On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM, Stefanie Nobel
>> <stefanie.nobel at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> > Hello,
>> >
>> > I’m glad to present you a new project from OLPC France. For the next
>> six
>> > months we will develop a new playful software, which aims at educating
>> > children about a healthier nutrition.
>> > In this game children are taking care of an avatar by providing him
>> with
>> > meals, which they have to prepare before. By doing so the children are
>> meant
>> > to learn the importance of good nutrition for their healthy.
>> > The game will be supported by Danone Research. They will not only
>> finance
>> > the project but also share their great knowledge on this topic with
>> us.
>> >
>> > We’re just at the begining of the development but here is a short
>> > description of our first ideas:
>> > The game will be split in two parts:
>> >
>> > In one part the children can create their own recipes in a virtual
>> > environment, similar to a “cook studio”. There is also the possibility
>> to
>> > share these recipes with other children.
>> > The other part is for validation: Here the meal will be “validated” by
>> the
>> > avatar, (for example, a reaction might be, that the avatar can’t do
>> homework
>> > because he has not sufficient energy).
>> >
>> > So at first we will have to define the relevant parameters, which you
>> have
>> > to consider when you validate a healthy meal, for example:
>> >
>> > The need of the different nutritional values,
>> > The nutritional value of the aliment
>> > In natural and organic state and
>> > after the preparation of the meal
>> > The activities, the avatar/child do/did during the day
>> > The season and the weather
>> > The times of the meals during the day(this has an impact on the gain
>> of
>> the
>> > food)
>> > The health of the avatar/child
>> > The extent of hygienic conditions when preparing the food
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > The next step will be to collect all those information and integrate
>> it
>> into
>> > a rough logic.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > So don’t hesitate to comment about this project and share your
>> thoughts.
>> >
>> > We appreciate all kinds of input!
>> >
>> FWIW, several of us have been thinking about a different angle on a
>> cooking activity, one more geared towards chemistry and the science of
>> the kitchen: getting the kids to experiment with recipes, for example,
>> changing the 'resting time' when making noodles from flour and water,
>> and observing how this changes the consistency,  flavor, etc. The
>> Activity would be more like a lab notebook and set of simple data
>> analysis tools than anything else, but then the kids could presumably
>> photograph their results with their XO and share their successes and
>> failures, and aggregate data more widely. It be interesting to fold in
>> nutrition into the mix: does Danone have data we can use re how
>> cooking impacts the foods we eat?
>> regards.
>> -walter
>> >
>> > Stefanie
>> >
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>> >
>> >
>> --
>> Walter Bender
>> Sugar Labs
>> http://www.sugarlabs.org
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