"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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