Some people cook. Others practice the slightly less glamorous art of assembling meals. Although Julia Child may not approve, assembling meals seems to be on the path leading towards “real” cooking. For those in this gray area (Biehus … and children under 12), Mollie Katzen’s Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes is just the ticket. Of the many cookbooks available for children, it is one of very few that actually guides the reader through a recipe with both pictures and simple text. A child could actually use this book. And for those looking for child-size cooking tools, For Small Hands has assembled a nice collection.