From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up-This is the reference tool librarians have longed for-a single volume that presents dishes from 122 nations. Albyn and Webb have organized their book into seven sections devoted to countries that share similar cooking styles and traditions. Each begins with a bit of general data about the country or region with emphasis on the foods grown and prepared there, cooking utensils, and a tiny bit about the culture of the people. Recipes are introduced with specific information about their country of origin, especially its food production and general dietary practices. The number of servings, a clear and complete list of ingredients, equipment needed, and step-by-step directions are included. Serving suggestions are provided, but there is no nutritional breakdown. Kitchen procedures are briefly discussed with the essentials for safety and health covered. One drawback is that even though the book is addressed specifically to young people, it has no pictures other than outline maps showing the location of the country discussed. Nonetheless, it is a useful, practical, one-stop source guide to the world's favorite foods.Carole B. Kirkpatrick, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 6-9. Stressing safety and adult assistance, the authors give young cooks a taste of the culture and foods of 122 countries through 337 authentic recipes in a book that is arranged geographically by continent or region--Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, and North America. Each of the seven sections opens with a general, but brief, description of the area and its culinary traditions; within the sections, the countries and their typical foods are introduced (outline maps show where each country is located), and in general, at least two recipes for each country are listed. The authors state that this is not designed as a beginner's guide; however, the recipes, which run the gamut from soups to sweets, are noteworthy for their clarity of presentation--each entry gives the yield, ingredients, equipment, specific instructions, and serving suggestions--and boldface terms are defined in an excellent, lengthy glossary that ranges from the basic to the exotic. A helpful resource for students linking foods to geography or other assignments, this will also tempt aspiring cooks and could lead to further exploration of ethnic cookery. The comprehensive index is a plus. Sally Estes