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Cooking Wizardry for Kids by Margaret Kenda - book review

Book Review

Cooking Wizardry for Kids by Margaret Kenda (Barron's Educational, 1990).

Ages 5 and up with help; 10 and up independently

This is the only children's cookbook I've ever seen that treats cooking as a creative, intelligent enterprise. Sure, there are recipes, but much of the book teaches kids to make their own recipes, or at least add creative touches to the ones in the book.

Better yet, the book includes activities to help kids understand the science behind the cooking they do. The book also teaches them to be smart consumers - they learn to make their own money-saving dry "mixes" for pudding, hot cocoa, and more. The cooking, science, and consumer education are all blended smoothly in an engaging and energetic presentation.

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