#SATcookbook Author Dishes Daily Words

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"Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T." was only a start for cookbook author, Charis Freiman-Mendel. The teen chef continues to serve up test prep vocabulary on a daily basis.

Photo of Front book cover of "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T." by Charis Freiman-Mendel, who blogs at www.SATgourmet.com

Available on Amazon and other online booksellers, and in local bookstores

Fans of 'The Hunger Games' will appreciate my recent tweet: 'Wish I had as much METTLE as Katniss, but glad I don't have to eat what she was eating in the movie.'

"Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T." author, Charis Freiman-Mendel, wants everyone to know that cooking can help make learning fun. Students looking to improve verbal scores on all standardized tests given in middle school and high school find the book to be a valuable test prep tool. Words frequently appearing on the SAT, ACT, PSAT, SSAT, ISEE and CHSEE are included. Teens and tweens learn 1000 vocabulary words using "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T.," but that's only a start. Freiman-Mendel now offers a "word a day" via Twitter (@SATcookbook) and her Facebook fan page. "The Hunger Games" inspired this recent tweet: "Wish I had as much METTLE as Katniss, but glad I don't have to eat what she was eating in the movie." Students won't forget the word "mettle" when it's associated with Katniss Everdeen downing cooked frog!

The best way to learn vocabulary is to consume a slow, steady diet of words. Students successfully retain vocabulary when words are acquired through repetition, association with other words and in context. Each of these strategies for learning vocabulary helped make "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T." a success. No other test prep tool offers a project-based learning program that allows students to enjoy preparing and cooking delicious meals while improving reading comprehension. "Fun fact blurbs" paired with each of Freiman-Mendel's 99 recipes provide context for the vocabulary and word associations that make the definitions stick. Each recipe and fun fact blurb is followed by a vocabulary match test and student chefs can check their answers in the answer key at the end of the book. Tackling SAT prep has never been so much fun!

"Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T." has benefits beyond test prep. Cooking empowers kids by educating them about food and nutrition, and encourages them to improve their diet with healthier food choices. Famiiies can enjoy "quality time" cooking and learning together by using the book. Project-based, hands-on learning with cooking as the vehicle, is an innovative method for enhancing student success.

Freiman-Mendel recommends the "word a day" strategy because it helps students build a broad inventory of vocabulary with a slow and steady stream of new words. Just incorporating one word a day adds 365 words a year to a student's vocabulary. Start early enough, and thousands of words can be at your fingertips helping to make the verbal section of the SAT and all standardized tests a cinch. Follow Freiman-Mendel on Twitter to start the word salad spinning!

For great cooking, fun facts, project-based learning, new vocabulary and strategy for improving standardized test scores, order "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T" from Amazon or other online booksellers, and follow Charis on Facebook and Twitter. The book is great addition to the Easter gift basket for teens and tweens. Don't forget to cast your vote for the best promotional video on her You Tube Channel (contest ends 4/10/12). To feature Charis in your news media outlet, please contact Charis(at)SATgourmet(dot)com.

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