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Nerdy DIY and Cooking Books

 

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Posted March 12, 2014 by

These books are pretty straightforward, so there is a brief synopsis, but if you’re interested in these types of nerdy DIY projects, you’ll probably know from the title!

Nerdy DIY and Cooking
  1. How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnetic Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects by Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe. The nerdiest of nerdy DIY. This handy book is full of nifty little science projects and experiments. The book gives an explanation of the science behind the project/experiment rather than just giving a step-by-step guide with no real explanation. It starts out small, but in the later chapters provides guides for the hovercraft, pendulum wave machine, a minirocket car, and more.nerdy DIY
  2. Science Experiments You Can Eat by Vicki Cobb. This illustrated guide teaches you how to make delicious, delicious rock candy. What more could you want form a book of nerdy DIY experiments? These edible experiments include a list of materials and ingredients, the procedure for concocting it, and observations (read: this is where they try to teach you stuff). This is a very informative guide—organized by the science that’s being taught rather than the product of the experiment—to making some basic foods. nerdy DIY
  3. The Manga Cookbook: Japanese Bento Boxes, Main Dishes and More! by The Manga University Culinary Institute and Chihiro Hattori. No, this isn’t a guide on how to cook manga. It’s a cookbook alright, but it is formatted like a manga and teaches its reader how to make the popular meals that can be found in manga. Usagi ringo, tako sausage, bento basics, how to use chopsticks… it’s all included in this cute little introduction to Japanese cooking straight out of the manga.nerdy DIY
  4. Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food by Jeff Potter. Potter’s initial advice for those new to practicing their culinary skills? Think like a hacker. This cookbook gives tips and tricks to make you a better cook, and maybe a better geek while you’re at it. Although the chapters aren’t organized by recipes but rather techniques and information, don’t fret, there are plenty of recipes for you to try your hand at.nerdy DIY
  5. Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists by Dustyn Roberts. As the title suggests, the purpose of this book is to teach the reader how to get their invention moving. It’s a pretty thorough guide, but it is non-technical and provides a variety of different projects to teach the various ways of making things move. There are chapters on subject such as which materials and methods to use when, making the appropriate calculations for motion, powering your project, and which motor to choose nerdy DIY


Brittany DeSalvo

 
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2 Comments


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    Arlana Kurtz
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    Oh, man! There are at least three on this list I’m going to have to buy for me and my kids. ‘The Manga Cookbook’ will have to go to my daughter, ‘Making Things Move’ will go to my son (although this could prove to be a bad idea – who knows what I’ll come home to), and I’m claiming ‘The Cookbook for Geeks’ for myself and my hubby. Hmmm… I think a geeky dinner party is in order.

    Thanks for the great post!





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