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. Volume VIII Number 11 . . . . February 1, 2002
This series of quick and easy recipes from major ethnic groups that have populated North America is a great introduction to cooking for eager young chefs. The recipes are clearly explained, and almost all of them are dishes that children today may have seen or heard of. Ingredients can be found in most grocery stores.
Printed on an 11 1/2 x 14 white background, the recipes are illustrated in two-page layouts by typical Canadian children who are photographed mixing, grating, dicing, etc. They are surrounded by a border made up of the ingredients. Each recipe is briefly described in the introduction, which may include some history or other information about the origins of the dish.
Here's an example:
Boxes list the utensils and ingredients required and supply a photo of each item. A "Tips & Tricks" box offers alternative methods or ingredients, cooking tips as well as safety hints. Pictures accompany numbered instructions, finishing with a shot of the finished product. The kids who are cooking are obviously enjoying themselves; major festivals that occur in the country of origin are explained, including the way they are traditionally celebrated - food, costumes, activities, etc.
In typical Crabtree style, the books have a list of contents, a glossary of highlighted words and an index. A modern touch recognizing today's more litigious society is found in a note on the "List of Contents" page which states that the recipes have been taste and safety tested by a mother of three young children; however, "The publishers and copyright owners will not accept any responsibility for accidents that may occur as children prepare these dishes."
Children and adults will enjoy this book. Be prepared to see sopa de tortilla, penne al pomodoro, tofu with pork and salade nicoise on your table. Enjoy!
Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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