Let’s Bake Bread!: A Family Cookbook To Foster Learning, Curiosity, and Skill Building in Your Kids

Artisan. Oct. 2023. 248p. ISBN 9781648290572. $30. CHILD REARING
Ohara (Bread Baking for Beginners) is a bakery owner, a teacher of baking classes, and a parent who homeschools. She demonstrates that cooking can be used to teach organizational skills, scientific methods, mathematics, and more. Glossy, colorful pictures accompany chapters divided by age group. Along with the bread recipes are instructions for almond butter, raspberry jam, and hot chocolate. Cultural variations from around the world (Fluffy French Milk Bread) and fun designs (bunny-shaped bread) abound. Each baking step is illustrated by photographs, and there are suggestions about which parts of the process kids can do. Keeping a bread notebook, learning about other cultures, weight and volume, seasonality, and locality are some of the educational experiences this title spotlights. The appendix features websites and a guide for additional reading.
VERDICT A winning resource and comprehensive baking guide that parents can use with children of all ages. For families who already love to bake together or for parents who are looking for a hobby to better bond their family.
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