Baking with Friends by Sharon Davis and Charlene Patton was produced by the Home Baking Association and is available through their website. The purpose of the book is to encourage children to explore and learn through baking. This is a great resource for parents, grandparents and teachers.
Baking allows many discoveries – textural experiences, math lessons, patience, motor skill enhancement, and most of all taste when the final product is completed.
The book is 74 pages, with a large format, lots of color and engaging illustrations. It comes with a 60 minute audio CD that offers additional content. Over 30 recipes are included for cookies, desserts, quick breads, main dishes, and yeast breads and rolls. There is even a recipe for pet treats and instructions for making your own Rainbow Sugar to decorate desserts. Each recipe is carefully constructed for ease of preparation, including prep time, baking time, and amount of servings, along with cute tips such as “don’t peek.” A family activity, fun fact, nutrition information per serving, and a vocabulary word round out the learning experience.
The book ends with a resource section that includes recommendations for age appropriate skills to help you appreciate what a child from age 2 on can do in the kitchen. Baking tips are provided to help insure success, along with a measurement and substitution list, a glossary of terms, and a reading list of children’s books that would extend the theme of each recipe. A model Baking Certificate can be duplicated and awarded.
Baking with Friends has received 4 awards – a Gold Medal in Children’s Non-Fiction from the Living Now Award by Independent Publisher Magazine, the Purple Dragonfly Book Award for excellence in children’s literature, The Benjamin Franklin Award by the Independent Book Sellers Association, and the Kansas Book Award, from the State Library of Kansas. Cost: $20.00.