Sunday, June 27, 2021

~ MMGM S.T.E.A.M. COOKING CLASS GLOBAL FEAST ~

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~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY S.T.E.A.M. FEATURE ~
--  'COOKING CLASS:  GLOBAL FEAST!'  --
AUTHOR DEANNA F. COOK
 
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ABOUT THE BOOK {from Amazon}:

Food is a fun way to celebrate diversity, and in her new kids’ cookbook, best-selling author Deanna F. Cook leads young chefs on a tasty tour of global cultures and cuisines. Kids gain practical kitchen skills through preparing breakfasts, drinks, snacks, dinners, and desserts from around the world. Alongside recipes for foods such as Irish soda bread, ANZAC biscuits, ramen noodle soup, and mango lassi, step-by-step photography and profiles feature children from a wide range of backgrounds honoring their heritage and preparing dishes that reflect their unique food traditions. A pop-out food passport, world language flash cards, and flag stickers provide additional fun on their global food journey, while infographics encourage taste-test explorations of fruits, drinks, breads, vegetables, and ice creams from around the world. Kids will be inspired to expand their palates as they cook, discovering new flavors while developing pride and appreciation for the foods they’ve grown up with.

Also available in the Cooking Class series: Cooking Class and Baking Class.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR {from Amazon}:

Deanna F. Cook has written dozens of award-winning children's cookbooks for kids, including Baking Class, Cooking Class, and Cooking Class Global Feast! She has been the creative development director at FamilyFun and an editor at Scholastic and Disney and is currently a children's book and cookbook acquisitions editor at Storey Publishing. She lives in western Massachusetts and is online at deannafcook.com. 

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MY REVIEW:

This is a colorful, educational, engaging book--but more importantly, it's a fun way to teach children how to enjoy cooking.
 
The author has done a phenomenal job of organizing this book into Lessons, Chapters, and Recipes. The lessons at the beginning of the book in Chapter 1 include kitchen rules, kitchen tools, global ingredients, kitchen prep work, kitchen safety tips, and lots of other valuable information.
 
The remaining five chapters include recipes for Breakfast, Snacks & Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, and Dessert. One thing I liked about the way the recipes are listed in the Table of Contents is that they feature the country flag and country name of the place of origin along with the recipe name. 
 
The recipes each include a photo and brief bio of the child who is shown making the recipe in the stepped-out project photos, a styled photo of the finished food dish, and some other interesting facts relating to spices, cultural tidbits (please pardon the pun 😄), and sections with photos of interesting fruits and veggies from around the world.
 
Fun facts I learned in this book:
  •    On page 73 there's a cute sidebar entitled, 'Want Fries With That?'. It shows photos of some French fries with three different condiments. It was fun to learn that in Germany and Belgium they eat fries with mayonnaise. I already knew that in the US people, like me, eat fries with ketchup. Did you know that in Canada and England they use vinegar and salt with their fries?
  •    One of the tips the author shares is one I am definitely going to use the next time I do any baking! She suggests the use of a pizza cutter (or pizza wheel as we call it in our house) to cut pastry dough instead of using a knife.
  •    As a longtime Girl Scout, I enjoyed being reminded that the first published recipe for 'Some Mores' was in the 1927 Girl Scouts handbook. 😋
 
I began my journey as a young cook when I was 10 or 11 years old, and I have never stopped enjoying cooking and baking. I used to follow the recipes in my Betty Crocker cookbook for children, now I create my own healthy recipes in my own kitchen. And, yes, I'm still having fun!
 
Highly-recommended for families, youth group/day camp/church group/scout group leaders, librarians, classroom teachers, and anyone who wants to learn to cook from the 'bowl' up. 
 
I borrowed this book from the Children's Collection at our local public library.
 
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Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog. 
 
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7 comments:

  1. This sounds like a fun book for kids. My daughter had a cookbook for kids when she was growing up that we had fun trying out recipes. This sounds interesting because it shares recipes and tidbits from around the world.

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  2. Great source to engage kids in a lifelong skill. I'm a late bloomer with my cooking skills and this book would have really helped. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.

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  3. Great source to engage kids in a lifelong skill. I'm a late bloomer with my cooking skills and this book would have really helped. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.

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  4. This sounds like such a fun cookbook for kids, and I love that it emphasizes the foods of different cultures! I can imagine kids will want to try cooking after reading this. Thanks so much for the great review!

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  5. Now, this is an ideal book for summer days and upcoming parties where kids can help make their own foods. I love how it emphasizes different cultures. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. wait ... there is a Recipe for S'mores? a RECIPE??? why did they not teach us this back in home-ec in the last century?

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  7. This sounds like a great way to get kids into cooking. It looks really cute. Thanks for the heads up.

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