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It’s time to get cooking…with Mr. C!

This month we’re releasing a very special children’s book that takes a new, exciting approach to teaching kids about math.  We’ve worked with many wonderful teachers over the years and author John Contratti is no exception.  He goes above and beyond for his students and as soon as we spoke with him we knew this book would be as big as his charming personality!

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For author John Contratti, publishing the new children’s book Cooking With Mr. C. wasn’t a surprise to all who knew him…

When John Contratti was reaching 20 years in his teaching career, he decided he wanted to mix things up with his fourth grade students. Known for being a good cook, he decided to use cooking to teach his students various concepts, which include fractions, measurement and sequencing. His new way of teaching was a hit with students and parents. IMG_0232Not long afterwards, Chef Lucinda Scala Quinn visited his classroom. Before he knew it, he was filming an episode of the Hallmark Channel’s cooking show, “Mad Hungry With Lucinda Scala Quinn”. The show, produced by Martha Stewart, brought Contratti more attention than he anticipated. The response to his appearance was extremely positive and with numerous repeat episodes, his fan base grew. By the urge of many, he created his own food blog entitled Cooking With Mr. C. to share many of his signature dishes. In no time at all, his blog was being followed by people from around the world.  Not soon afterwards he began to pen his first children’s book. He realized by cooking with his students each day, they were learning many wonderful lessons about themselves. IMG_2841As he had the encouragement from family and friends to get his first book published, it was the support from two of Hollywood’s biggest names that kept his motivation going. Lucky to be acquainted with actors and now well-known children’s authors, Henry Winkler and Julianne Moore, the two shared wonderful advice of their own experiences in the world of publishing children’s books. He’s thrilled to know they both possess a copy of his new book!image JCJM (4) Contratti is hopeful children will take away a life long message after reading Cooking With Mr. C. He also hopes that it will inspire teachers to bring their passions to their own classroom. He believes it could put a student on a path to a wonderful life filled with multiple careers.


Cooking with Mr. C. is available in our online store and wherever books are sold!  Get your copy today!


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10 Responses to It’s time to get cooking…with Mr. C!

Wayne says: February 1, 2016 at 6:03 pm

I’ve been a fan of John Contratti’s ever since he was on one of my favorite cooking shows, “Mad Hungry”. He is truly “in the know” when it comes to “celebrity” and being one very creative guy. I love the book, “Cooking With Mr. C.”.

S Zindman says: February 1, 2016 at 11:11 pm

John Contratti’s book is very inspiring and well written. It is a touching story filled with emotion. As a teacher, I understood the message that was conveyed. The words were poetic and descriptive. It is a beautiful story that must be shared with adults and children alike. Buy your copies today.

Lorraine says: February 2, 2016 at 1:21 pm

This family is a huge “Cooking With Mr. C.” fans for the past few years now. His food blog is one of the best out there. The book is adorable.

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Lillian says: February 3, 2016 at 6:17 am

A superior children’s book. I read it to my class and they loved it. All teachers should have a copy in their classroom.

Madeline says: February 3, 2016 at 7:09 pm

Congrats to Mr. C. He’s a wonderful teacher, author, and cook! Don’t miss his blog and get a copy of his book for the kids in your life.

Joe says: February 7, 2016 at 11:00 am

“Cooking With Mr. C.” is a wonderful book. I hope every Mascot Books follower and Facebook “Liker” has ordered their copy. Everyone should know of this beautiful book. Illustrations are adorable.


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