When can kids cook without adult help?

When can kids cook without adult help?

Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids and proud recipient of the "World's Worst Mom" award for allowing her then nine-year-old to ride the New York City Subway alone, recently wrote about a 1950s cookbook that did an amazing thing: assumed kids would be using heat and knives whilst cooking. 

Seventy years later, Skenazy argues, cookbooks are not taking kids as seriously. They "get to the good part" (with the knives and the fire), and then take the actual cooking away from kids with the instruction to "ask an adult to..." cut, sauté, or, more broadly, help.

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