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Did you know you can make ice cream in a bag? This book shows you how! Using simple materials and easy step-by-step instructions, young readers can explore the science behind this fun and delicious project.

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Barbara Alpert

I started reading before kindergarten, and I grew up in a house filled with books. My father used to join the Book of the Month Club and the Literary Guild in the names of every family member "just to get the free books!" I'm a woman who loves books far more than shoes--that might just tell you all you need to know about me!

The basic facts: I was born in New York City, grew up mostly in northern New Jersey, got my B.A. from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and came back to New York as soon as I could. My undergraduate degree is in Theatre Arts--Technical Theatre and Design, although I've always been interested in just about everything, and my college transcript reflects that.

My first jobs were in the theater--helping Meryl Streep with her costumes, stage managing new plays at Joe Papp's Public Theater, and handing props to actors like Sam Waterston, Ted Danson, and Danny DeVito at Central Park's Delacorte Shakespeare Theater. Eventually, I moved from theater to book publishing and worked as an editor at Avon, Ballantine, and Bantam Books, where I rose to Executive Editor and worked with such renowned authors as Shirley MacLaine, Barbara Mandrell, and Louis L'Amour. I also edited romance novels by many authors and wrote more than a thousand (!) book cover blurbs: I was known for phrases such as "She was a little too good to be true--and he was just bad enough to be irresistible!"

After changes in publishing made my job vanish, I spent the next few years as a freelance writer, where I first began co-authoring books with the great JoAnna M. Lund. Our partnership lasted through dozens of books and only ended with her death from breast cancer. While she lived, oh, how she lived--and created--and inspired millions of people to eat well and live healthier lives. It was a privilege to know her and help bring her vision to life.

I've also written some fun books with Scott H. Matthews, who was one of my authors (with his wife Tamara) while I worked at Bantam. With Scott, I used to joke that I wrote books about what I didn't know--Christmas, which I didn't grow up celebrating, and weddings, one of which I've never (alas) experienced.

I thoroughly enjoyed writing and researching three compulsively readable anthologies--NO FRIEND LIKE A SISTER (again, something I don't personally have, though I dedicated it to three great sisters-in-law) ; THE LOVE OF FRIENDS, about women's friendships (something I've been blessed to know a lot about!) , and CHILD OF MY HEART: a Celebration of Adoption, inspired by my nephew Joshua and the adopted children of so many friends and colleagues. I'm very proud of these books and also grateful to my many interviewees and contributors.

I've worked with some wonderful authors--sometimes as a co-author (including HEALTHY KIDS, SMART KIDS, working with a brilliant a

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