School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-6-A thorough, lively introduction for novices. Williamson sees value in the process of baking and the memories that are sometimes generated in addition to the fresh-baked treats themselves. She is also straightforward and practical. Eleven frequently asked questions and answers include everything from cost and dietary concerns to dealing with one's family about using the oven and sharing in the cleanup. Baking procedures, ingredients, and kitchen supplies are described, followed by 26 recipes. Most are confined to one page, and each one is clearly written; most are simple enough for beginners to make. Easy-to-bake recipes (granola bars, for example) are followed by the author's special creations (banana-chocolate bar cookies), then favorites of many children (peanut butter cookies), and treats for special occasions (cookie dough that can be twisted and shaped to form candy canes or someone's initials, etc.). Creativity is encouraged, and "Sarah's Tips" give ideas and variations. One of the "recipes" is called "Tea for Two," which outlines a lovely tea party with a grandparent or an adult friend. In addition to the tea, flowers, napkins, and presentation, the author suggests what to talk about if the host or hostess feels shy. A nice touch, in a fine cookbook.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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