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The essential cookbooks to send to school with your kid

If you have kids and appreciate cooking, cookbooks and the idea that your offspring might creditably cook their own meals someday, their bookshelves will likely include some cookbook juvenilia. Alice Waters' "Fanny at Chez Panisse: A Child's Restaurant Adventures With 46 Recipes," say, or Mollie Katzen's "Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers & Up." Depending on your tastes, and those of your kid, you may have tried "The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook," or to backtrack, "My Very First Book of

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