The Science of Cooking
I have found, quite possibly, the best cooking web site on the internet today (not including MIA). Introducing Science of Cooking It is a full web site exploring the WHY and HOW of things working in the kitchen rather than just providing recipes and instructions. I'm not sure if all men are like this, but I like to know why things do what they do. It helps me to understand what I'm doing and to use procedures in other applications.
This site is now on my bookmarks and will be forever. There's boatloads of information, as well as cool graphics and fun activities. For instance, check out this cool activity (fun for kids) about making a monster marshmallow. You get an activity and an explanation on why it did what it did. Perfect.
Right now, there is a whole batch of information about making candy, including a great piece of trivia:
The Arabs built the first “industrial” sugar refinery around the year 1000, on the island of Crete, which they renamed Qandi. The word candy comes from this word, which means “candied” or “crystallized.”
You should check out The Science of Cooking and learn a little bit about the chemistry and physicas behind the reactions you get over the stove.