The Daughter: The 9/11 Kid

Hilary Strauch is a 12-year-old whose favorite TV channel is the Food Network. It's not that she's particularly fond of cooking--she doesn't make much beyond cake from a box--but after a year of careful study, she's found that it's the one station that doesn't show her father's murder.

Watching the news is clearly out of the question. So is mtv, which also airs footage of the tumbling World Trade Center. Even the kid-friendly Animal Planet ran a feature on rescue dogs that sifted through debris at ground zero. "Emeril is my favorite because he's so funny and distracting," says Hilary. "I...