From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up - A tempting buffet of recipes for classic dishes from "the big four" of world cooking: Italy, France, China, and Mexico. Locricchio promotes cooking as teamwork involving family and friends in an enjoyable experience. The dishes chosen involve basic culinary techniques that are not always simple but often used in all types of cooking. A list of safety tips appears at the beginning of the book, but discussion of essential ingredients, cooking terms, and equipment is, unfortunately, placed at the end. Everything, including soup stock, is made from scratch, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and the resulting superior flavor. Each recipe is introduced briefly with its cultural context. Ingredients and directions are clearly written, with all cutting, chopping, and other preparation steps listed before the actual cooking begins. A bright color photograph of each dish is included. A special section devoted to "A Taco Party" begins with directions for making tacos (including frying tortillas), and proceeds through salsas, tostadas, guacamole, picadillo
, enchiladas, and beans. Several dishes involve handling dried or fresh chiles, but safety instructions for wearing gloves and taking other precautions aren't included until the end of this section. Overall, this is a strong collection of popular dishes attractively presented. More recipes for more international cuisines are included in the "Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks" series (Lerner), which includes Helga Parnell's Cooking the South American Way
(1991). - Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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The International Cookbook For Kids' by professional chef Matthew Locricchio specifically designed to be the perfect introduction to the joys, pleasures, and accomplishments of cooking for kids ages 12 and older. -- Midwest Book ReviewPicture-perfect for young cooks. -- Daily News, New York A tempting buffet of recipes for classic dishes from the 'big four' of world cooking: Italy, France, China, and Mexico. Locricchio promotes cooking as teamwork involving family and friends...a strong collection of popular dishes attractively presented.-- School Library Journal, Dishes that have kid appeal written all over them. -- San Francisco ChronicleCountry-Style Pork...This recipe can be described with just one word: Awesome!-- Boston Globe