Review by School Library Journal Review
Gr 1-3-These unusually beautiful books spotlighting food cultures around the world let the youngest cooks try their hand at making favorites such as quesadillas, egg rolls, and French toast (with adult supervision). Faced with colorful pictures of tiny bowls of couscous decorated with nuts and spices and focaccia with cherry tomatoes and capers, readers will be encouraged to broaden their culinary horizons. The books include some general content about each cuisine before moving on to a few recipes. The dishes sometimes rely on ingredients like spaghetti sauce from a jar or chicken broth, but the majority use fresh vegetables and other ingredients. Occasional slip-ups ("Cooking has been an important part of the Chinese culture for hundreds of years" will make readers wonder what the Chinese were eating for the previous several thousand years) somewhat diminish the authority of the text, but it is tough to argue with such an attractive presentation of a useful subject. VERDICT Strong additions to cooking collections. © Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Horn Book Review
Each book in this series briefly introduces the basics of the cuisine and culture and highlights three regional specialties. While the glossy, full-page photographs are enticing, the information is general to the point of misleading. Three "recipes" purport to represent typical foods: e.g, pizza (using English muffins and canned sauce) and couscous (boxed instant). There are three other spring 2015 books in this series. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers the following Cooking School titles: Italian Food, Mexican Food, and Middle Eastern Food.] (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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