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Easy-Bake Battle: The Home Cooking Competition

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Lighthearted cooking contest with large serving of brands.

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Food snobs avert your eyes -- there's not a teaspoon of foodie pretentiousness in the recipe for this cooking competition. The charm of Easy-Bake Battle is its ethos: making cooking seem less intimidating, fancy and expensive seeming for all the home cooks just trying to get dinner on the table. The conceit is clearly aimed at adults who need meal prep inspiration, but a lot of the "hacks" in the show could actually help making cooking feel more accessible to kids too. Kids won't find the convenience/time-saving aspect as compelling, but the show is fun enough just as a competition. The hosts are great -- Porowski's quirky puppy dog personality gets a chance to shine, and it's fun to watch Kish throw away her fine-dining bonafides and delight in a dish with humble ingredients tasting really delicious.

Some grown-ups may tsk-tsk about how Easy-Bake Battle relies on packaged foods and not making everything from scratch, while others will rejoice that finally a cooking show is reflecting real life meals. Adults also may also not be thrilled that kids ask for a toy oven after watching (though grown-ups of a certain age may secretly delight in the nostalgic item being brought back into their lives).

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