Picks and Pans Review: Cooking Wizardry for Kids

updated 12/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Margaret Kenda and Phyllis S. Williams

"Dancing Blueberries." "Elephant's Ears," "Porcupine Meatballs": Part of the fun of these recipes comes through in their delightful titles. But the authors' emphasis is on nutrition and consumer awareness, and the parents of young cooks may learn as much as their children (ages 8-12) in sections that alert discerning shoppers to the differences between fruit juice and fruit drink and offer such basics as a make-at-home mix that can be kept on hand for easy brownies, cookies and pancakes. Other projects treat the kitchen like a chemistry lab, suggesting experiments with oil and water, solving "microwave mysteries" and offering various ingenious ways to write secret messages.

A pint-size toque and apron come with the book. (Barron's, paper, $12.95)

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