My newly minted middle school gal came home from her first trip to the school library last week toting a beauty of a book: “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child et al. She even admitted she whooped for joy when she stumbled across it on the shelves.
She’s already agreed to cook dinner one night a week.
Perhaps she’s finding in food what I found (at her age) in fabrics, patterns, and clothing construction: a marvelous creative outlet, not without rules but with plenty of opportunity to improvise along the way. Follow the rules, and get very satisfactory results; take the rules and bend them, and get creations with your own personal mark.
Stay tuned, I’ll let you know what she comes up with!