Of the four main areas in STEM, the M, or math, gets the worst rap. Why is that? We use math every day, but science, technology, and engineering seem to take center stage. Therefore, when I was offered the chance to review an active and *fun* math book, I took it. Eat Your Math Homework (affiliate link), by Ann McCallum and playfully illustrated by Leeza Hernadez, introduces math concepts in a most natural environment–the kitchen.
But the book goes beyond the basic “measure half a cup of flour–hey, that’s a fraction!” It talks of step-by-step recipes as algorithms, includes fun facts, math “appeteasers,” and a math glossary. Like any good cookbook, it also includes basic advice like washing hands before cooking.
Recipes include Fibonacci Snack Sticks, Tessellating Two-Color Brownies, Probability Trail Mix and more. The recipes are complex enough to feel like cooking, but simple enough that the kids can handle most of the steps. An adult may do some of the cutting or help by removing hot items from the oven.
Eat Your Math Homework presents fairly sophisticated math concepts in a fun and nonthreatening way. Forgive me for stereotyping, but as a cookbook, it’s very boy-friendly, and as a math book, it’s very girl-friendly. (Go ahead and throw your tomatoes. I’ll use them in my Pizza Pi.).
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It’s a great book to pick up over the summer and work math into your schedule without breaking out the workbooks (yuck!). My biggest criticism, though, is that it only contains six recipes, so depending on your budget and the likelihood of revisiting the recipes and math in the book, this might be more of a library book.