How did you study for the S.A.T., or other tests like the GRE or TOEFL? Did you hunker down with piles of study manuals and laboriously memorize vocabulary words? What if you could skip all that and study by cooking instead? That's the aim of this charming little cookbook, self-published by a young author who is studying for the S.A.T. herself.
I get a lot of cookbook pitches and press releases, but I couldn't pass up this unusual idea! Charis Freiman-Mandel is a high school student in Connecticut, and she created this book to fulfill her 7th and 8th grade homeschool art requirement. She and her mother self-published the book together.
The concept is simple: Cook your way through simple recipes that have headnotes stuffed with vocabulary words from the S.A.T. Then take a little match-up quiz at the end to make sure you really know those words.
How are the recipes? Well, there are 99 of them, and they tend towards the simple and kid-friendly, with some offbeat choices thrown in: Red beans and rice, asparagus with hollandaise, fish in parchment, chocolate avocado mousse. The recipes are written simply and lack some of the polish seen in more mainstream cookbooks. But the real draw here are the headnotes.
It's a charming little book, for sure, and it might actually be a good resource for someone more drawn to cooking than studying!
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