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Checkerboard How-To-Library: Cool World Cooking Library Binding – January 1, 2011
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Gr 3-6–This culinary tour is informative and fun, and includes tasty recipes from Mexico, France, Italy, Africa, the Middle East, China, and Japan. Cooking basics, tools, and terms precede the body of international recipes. Attractive, full-color photos show the steps involved and the finished dishes. Maps display the featured regions, and “The Coolest Ingredients” pages highlight common and specialized items found in the recipes. This appealing introductory guidebook to global cuisine earns a place next to Deanna F. Cook and Michael P. Kline's The Kid's Multicultural Cookbook (Williamson, 1995) and Matthew Locricchio's The 2nd International Cookbook for Kids (Marshall Cavendish, 2008). Children will relate to the easy-to-read instructions as well as the photos of their peers from around the world.–Kathryn Diman, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Bernard, MEα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
ForeWord Reviews Recommended Picture Books Summer 2013
"The world is full of exciting flavors, and once your kid is familiar with standard fare like tacos and lasagna, Cool World Cooking will introduce him to exciting new global fare. Take your child on a culinary adventure around the world as he learns to cook exotic dishes like groundnut stew and croque monsieur."Daily Parent, "The 15 Best Cookbooks for Kids"
"This culinary tour is informative and fun, and includes tasty recipes from Mexico, France, Italy, Africa, the Middle East, China, and Japan. ...This appealing introductory guidebook to global cuisine earns a place next to Deanna F. Cook and Michael P. Kline’s The Kid’s Multicultural Cookbook and Matthew Locricchio’s The 2nd International Cookbook for Kids. Children will relate to the easy-to-read instructions as well as the photos of their peers from around the world." School Library Journal
"Most kids are excited about the opportunity to learn to cook, but it is often difficult to find kid-friendly recipes that have variety and interest to them. This book is a great answer for those deficits in the world of cooking for kids. ...Kids will enjoy creating their own tasty, healthy dishes. Parents will want to borrow this book for the easy, delicious recipes." City Book Review, 5 Stars
"Experiencing the cuisines of different cultures is fun way to travel around the world and this book is an age-appropriate ticket to Mexico, France, Italy, Africa, the Middle East, China, and Japan. ...With a catchy cover and enticing graphic design, this book keeps things visual with maps, pictures of kids, and photographs that demonstrate the recipe step by step. The little extra bits of information on how food relates to each location really makes this book into a well-rounded cooking adventure." Reading Today Online
"Cool World Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids! is a global collection of over 40 fabulous ethnic recipes from Mexico, France, Italy, Africa, the Middle East, and China and Japan, specially explained and adapted for cooking by kids. Cool World Cooking is a fabulous introduction to global cuisine for kids with adult supervision. " Midwest Book Review
"While it certainly can offer curriculum connections, it also offers a great way to have fun with kids at home." I.N.K blog
"Cool World Cooking teaches children the basics of good cooking, food safety and how to follow instructions. ... Teaching children to cook a wide variety of foods is an invaluable tool that provides them with a lifetime of skills essential for good health and independence. Cool World Cooking is a terrific cookbook for kids, one I highly recommend." Smart Books for Smart Kids
"What a delightful introductory cookbook for kids to help them learn the varied cuisines of the World. ...an excellent tool for parents to introduce their children to cooking in general. ... This is a book that will surely see lots of action in the kitchen. I can see Mom sneaking it out a bit to try something different, too." Readers Haven Reviews
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"These appealing books provide recipes for children seeking a general idea of a culture's special foods while staying with basic, familiar ingredients and simplified preparation routines." Horn Book Guide
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It contains good information on the basic rules of cooking such as; prep work, safety and germs. There are key symbols throughout the book that give warnings for; hot (heat) stuff, sharp knives, and nut alert and more adventurous foods. Pages are included with photos of the tools needed and terms and illustrations for slice, mince, mash, etc.
Foods included are from Mexico, France, Italy, Africa, Middle East, China and Japan. There is also a glossary for terms.
There is help given in the book with photos and directions; but sometimes it is forgotten or assumed that a young cook would know how best to remove a seed from an avocado or how to dry lettuce. It would be nice if these simple hints were also included.
We made amazing Mexican rice, sensational sesame noodles, and Chinese fried rice. They all turned out very good and my grandson enjoyed making them and learning some new recipes.
This is an excellent book to learn cooking and try some good international recipes at the same time.