Monday, March 23, 2015

Cooking Up a Great Book for Kids

I picked this book up for my daughter's birthday.  She has always enjoyed cooking and it seemed like a promising start to a new series.  To my delight, she started the book the next day and finished it in record time. Turns out it is a lovely story about cooking, culture and friendship and we are both looking forward to the next installment!

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Title: The Saturday Cooking Club: Kitchen Chaos

Authors: Deborah Levine & JillEllyn Riley

Target: Grades 4-7

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Best friends Liza and Frankie have to do a project for school on immigration.  They decide to look at how different foods came to America.  When a new girl is invited into their group, she throws off the flow of these two friends.  As they wrestle with this change, and the cooking class they are taking with their mothers, all sorts of family dynamics emerge! 

Why I love this book: 
First off I really enjoyed the plethora of cultures in this story.  Frankie comes from a large Italian family, Liza from African American heritage and Lillian’s parents are from China.  They all find that food ties their cultures together.

This is also a wonderful book if you have a foodie in your midst.  The girls enjoy cooking and are exposed to a variety of different dishes and their origins. It is also a lovely look at mothers and daughters and the strains and benefits of these relationships.  It isn’t always smooth sailing, but it is nice to have your mom in your corner! 

I appreciated how the authors tackled the issue of a third friend because I think this is something that girls grapple with and it was nice to see that it isn’t always easy, but it can be done!

Who this book is for: 
Girls who like to cook will enjoy this story as well as girls who enjoyed the Mother-Daughter Book Club Series.

Final thoughts: 
I am looking forward to next book these authors are cooking up!

To purchase this book:
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