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Cook It In A Cup

Cook It In A Cup

Spring 2008 Toys
Ages: 6 - 14 yrs.
Manufacturer: Chronicle Books
Price: $16.99
Review:
Cook in a Cup! is a cooking set that appeals to both the beginning chef (for example, with the one-ingredient, microwave-based scrambled eggs or layered nachos) and the more experienced child (classic muffin and cupcake recipes and more interesting dinner entrees). The set encourages the development of kitchen skills (and, by extension, an understanding of basic chemistry) and creativity.

Although our young kitchen staff occasionally needed guidance and assistance, as expected with any cooking set for kids this age, the recipes are easy to follow, largely nutritious, and genuinely appetizing-even to picky eaters. The six brightly colored silicone baking cups are eye-catching but won't burn small hands, even those that can't wait to pull the creations straight from the oven. Our eight-year-old has been trying to learn to cook and was pleased to find something she could manage all on her own; our six-year-old had no real desire to cook until these showed up and piqued his interest. This is a set we expect to keep using for a long time to come.

Emily Crawford   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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