Milk Bar: Kids Only

Clarkson Potter: Crown. Oct. 2020. 240p. ISBN 9780593231920. pap. $22.99. COOKING
Milk Bar bakery owner Tosi (All About Cake) organizes this cookbook like a calendar (pumpkin patch cookies for October), filled with sweet, fun recipes for kids to try out in any season. Beginning with the rules of the kitchen that state “there are no rules” and “safety first,” among others, she advocates for a well-stocked pantry. “Tools of the Trade” covers mixing bowls, baking pans, and others tools that will help kids get started. Baking strategies are presented along with cookie tips (use a scoop) and the toothpick method for doneness. A Help Hotline offers advice. Highlighted recipes include chocolate cut-out cookies and coco cabana cereal squares. There are also cheddar chive biscuits, German chocolate cake waffles, and donut shakes. Bird bread consists of a variety of seeds. Birthday-themed recipes are grouped at the end. Colorful photos throughout accent each treat.
VERDICT Cooking with kids is always a popular topic, and public libraries would benefit from adding this to the collection. A resource that is guaranteed to engage the budding baker.
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