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Why you should teach your kids to cook

“HAVE YOU EVER BAKED A CAKE BEFORE?” I ASKED Quinn, 9, at the beginning of a recent recipe-testing session in Boston. He seemed a little nervous as he shook his head no. But just over two hours later, Quinn carefully frosted his (slightly slanted) layer cake before proudly serving a piece to his parents. He had baked his first cake, with only a bit of help.

Since then, Quinn has been baking regularly at home and putting what he learned—like measuring all his ingredients before starting to bake—into practice. And although he definitely

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