"During the Second World War, when the children were growing up, I think three of
the children were still at home or - I don't know, perhaps the youngest one was still
at home - [Ava Helen Pauling] worked for a couple of years as a chemist on a war job
making rubber out of plants that would grow in the Mojave. She was interested in chemistry
and knew a lot of chemistry but it was more an intellectual interest. She was planning
to write a cookbook on the science of cooking, because she knew what happened when
things were cooked. She knew what baking powder is and why you use it. She used
to make her own baking powder, instead of just buying baking powder. Well, she never
got that done. She was a very good cook, but she never wrote the book on the science
of cooking....It probably wouldn't have had much of a sale, because the contents might
well have been above the heads of most cooks."
Linus Pauling. Interview with Samantha Guerry. April 1991.
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