Families: Culinary Cubs

Kids are really cutting up in the kitchen. They're learning about math and mixing too

Spanish or Swedish? Empanadas or egg rolls? No, it's not dining out--it's cooking in, and that chef wielding the spatula may well be your 10-year-old. In increasing numbers, kids are in the kitchen--and not just to open the refrigerator and sigh that there's nothing to eat. They are poring over cookbooks, preparing the family meal and signing up for cooking classes.

"Families are spending more time at home and more time doing things together post-Sept. 11," says Julie Edelman, author of the kids' cookbook Once upon a Recipe (Once upon a Recipe Press). "My mom preferred me not to be...

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