The Mathematics of Cooking

by Carrie Fehr

The cooking classroom is a perfect learning environment for students to see their academic lessons come to life.  Students develop cooking skills while connecting core academic subjects with healthy food.  It allows students to practice important concepts through hands-on cooking activities focused on math, science, or language arts.

In cooking class, students apply their math skills as they combine ingredients for a recipe using a variety of measuring tools. The ingredients in a recipe have an important relationship to each other that is similar to concepts in math, and as a result, in math, equations express those relationships.  In the recipe, Honey Oat Topping, students learn there are different ways to express the same units of measurements using the concept of cooking equivalents, equal but different such as 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon, or 1/4 teaspoon = 1 pinch.