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International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World *Including More than 250 Recipes* Hardcover – August 19, 2014

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“Imagine a cookbook that is both a global anthropology adventure and cooking lesson all at once. International Night stimulates a sense of culinary wanderlust--with a playful, refreshing, and authoritative point of view, all of which makes you want to get in the kitchen and cook!” ―Danny Meyer, restaurateur and author of Setting the Table

“Mark Kurlansky, double your daughter's allowance. Talia has concocted a far-reaching, mouth-watering global culinary trip, and graciously allowed you to share billing and lick the spoons.” ―Lemony Snicket

“Both teens and adults will find the brief country profiles enlightening, and a bibliography of international cookbooks provides fine fodder for a family library.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A fun idea, an exciting read, and a lot of recipes you'd probably not try otherwise--what's not to like?” ―Library Journal

“This is an early favorite . . . because of its rating system for difficulty, its range and the way in which Talia's notes are spot-on. Everybody can learn, and everybody will eat.” ―Washington Post

“Packed with fascinating tidbits and mouthwatering recipes, International Night is a hands-on culinary treat for the whole family.” ―Shelf Awareness

“The Kurlanskys' cookbook engages the entire family in the kitchen . . . Everyone can actually win at dinnertime if given some power over what's on the table.” ―Edible Manhattan

“A lively guide to enjoying global cuisine at home.” ―Wall Street Journal

“The Kurlanskys' recipes vary in difficulty, and every night is accompanied by a Kurlanskyopedia entry, if you will, about the place. I don't think I'll ever make the soup called oyster zousui, but I liked reading about the Japanese distrust of that raw mollusk, and it was nice to find, between the same covers, good recipes for Afghan chickpea meatballs, sauerbraten and Mongolian hot pot.” ―The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of Cod, Salt, The Basque History of the World, 1968, The Big Oyster, and The Eastern Stars, among many other books. He was awarded the 2011 National Parenting Publications Gold Award for World Without Fish, the 2007 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonviolence, Bon Appetit's Food Writer of the Year in 2006, the 1999 James Beard Award for Food Writing and the 1999 Glenfiddich Award, both for Cod. The children's books, The Cod's Tale and The Story of Salt received the Orbis Pictus award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the ALA Notable Book Award, respectively. He lives in New York City. Visit his Web site at www.markkurlansky.com.

Talia Kurlansky, who often cooks and travels with her father, is in the eighth grade. This is her first book.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620400278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620400272
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TeriA on August 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm sure you've figured out by now if you're a regular reader of A Beautiful Little Life that I LOVE good food! When I was given the opportunity to review a new book called "International Night" by a father/daughter team, Mark and Talia Kurlansky, I jumped at the chance. Greek food, Moroccan food, Italian food - so yummy! But what about foods from Kazakhstan or Senegal? Belgium or Nicaragua?
Once a week in the Kurlansky home, Mark would spin a globe and wherever his daughter's finger landed became the theme of that Friday night's dinner. Their tradition of International Night afforded Mark an opportunity to share with his daughter, Talia--and now the readers of International Night--the recipes, stories, and insights he's collected over more than thirty years of traveling the world writing about food, culture, and history, and his charming pen-and-ink drawings, which appear throughout the book.

International Night is brimming with recipes for fifty-two special meals--appetizers, a main course, side dishes, and dessert for each--one for every week of the year. Some are old and familiar favorites - and others I've never heard of!

DON'T MISS:
Morocco: Pastilla of Pigeon (I make mine with chicken instead of pigeon)
Cuba: Mojitos!
Provence: Grilled Lamb with Herbes de Provence
Brittany: Seafood Crepes
Cornwall: Cornish Pasties (similar to these little hand pies that I've blogged about in the past)
Tanzania: Coconut Soup & Mango Cashew Pudding
New Orleans: Fruit Beignet
Ireland: Beef in Guiness
Argentina: Dulce De Leche Crepes

This book is so full of awesome recipes! If you like ethnic food you will love it!
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Great idea for fun exploration of ethnic foods! I sent this to my daughter to use with her two girls who are living overseas and they love it. My daughter loves cook books and this one is perfect for their family and an exciting book of ideas. She said she read the whole book as soon as she got it and has lots of plans for it! Some of the ingredients may be difficult to find depending on where you are, but substitutes are mentioned and not a deal killer for a good meal result
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There is so much to love about this book! Curl up by the fire and read about the different countries and dishes represented here, or just get in the kitchen and start cooking! I love that along with familiar places such as Greece, Germany and Italy you also have Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Algeria, Aquitaine, Kazakhstan and French Guinea. My girls love the Cornish Pasties, and Fennel Salad from Sicily is quite lovely and simple to make. Try an entire meal from a country or your choice, or pick and choose dishes to make a truly International night! Hmmm, Spatzle from Germany followed by Hazelnut Salad from Switzerland, Pork Adobo from Philippines, Green Beans and Carrots from Haiti followed by Apple Blackberry Pie from Norway. You are only limited by your imagination--and sometimes your pocketbook for some of the more 'exotic' ingredients.

A couple of things dropped the rating of this book. Even a few photos would have been nice (an occasional line drawing of a cabbage, pineapple or other ingredient doesn't do much for me in a cookbook). Also, if you don't read the introductory portion of the book you won't know that all the recipes are configured to feed three people because that's the size of the author's family. NONE of the recipes I could find lists serving size. The author explains this away as his daughter telling him when he does math to shrink or expand a recipe he is "no fun", so he leaves that to his reader. Fine, hire someone to do it for you, then. Having recipes designed for 3 people can be pretty awkward for someone with a family of 4. We have six in our family so I can easily double, but others may have to work more to get an amount that works for them. This just feels very unprofessional to me.
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What began as an eagerly anticipated Friday night ritual in the Kurlansky home took hold in a big way when bestselling author Mark was challenged one step further by daughter Talia’s random jabs at a spinning globe. Where her finger landed became what they’d cook and eat together. Once they’d gathered and tried a veritable United Nations of meals, where next but a cookbook to share their culinary travels?

With such a whimsical birth, INTERNATIONAL NIGHT was guaranteed to be far more than an attractively designed collection of recipes on paper. Many of the Kurlanskys’ more than 250 recipes (some acquired directly, others imaginatively constructed when the originals were kept “secret”) read like music for the taste buds. But the stories that introduce each gastronomic destination, prefaced by clever hints as to the place, are gems in themselves, embracing geography, politics, folklore, environment, history, culture, language, disaster --- a vivid tapestry of human life. Some places evoked memories of personally experiencing exquisite meals; others were discoveries made through careful research and a mindful respect for local values and identity.

Some of these introductory stories are rather sad, such as that of Afghanistan, whose chronic political instability and centuries-long soil exhaustion have left it with little in the way of culinary resources. Nevertheless, INTERNATIONAL NIGHT brings together a menu that would make any Afghan proud. Other stories, such as Québec, warm the heart (especially of this Canadian) with a thoughtful reminiscence of the province’s rich and seminal history in relation to the rest of our British-dominated national culture. And, thank goodness, the Kurlanskys chose something other than the ubiquitous poutine to honor “la belle province.
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