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Passport on a Plate: A Round-the-World Cookbook for Children Hardcover – Oct 1 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (Oct. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689801556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689801556
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.6 x 26.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,868,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's never too early to learn about cooking or other cultures. In Passport on a Plate, children can do both at the same time. This wonderful collection of more than 100 recipes takes kids around the world without ever leaving the kitchen, and results in great food they're more likely to eat because they've made it themselves. Start in Africa with African Fruit Salad, Black-eyed Pea Balls, or Kenyan Crunchy Bananas. Move on to the Caribbean with Callaloo Soup, Curried Coconut Vegetable, and Island Fruit Smoothies, or venture all the way to Russia for Chicken Kiev, Apple-Cinnamon Baba, and Strawberries Romanoff. Each recipe is carefully rated from one to four "utensils" for level of difficulty and the amount of adult supervision required. In addition to the recipes, each section begins with a short cultural lesson about the highlighted country or region and the kinds of food found there. Passport on a Plate is an ideal cookbook for children and parents to learn from together.

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Grade 4-8. This international cookbook contains 100 recipes from Africa, the Caribbean, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Middle East, Russia, and Vietnam. Each place is introduced in a one-and-a-half-page explanation of the area's foods and eating habits. The recipes are rated at four levels of difficulty, and each one is put into context with an introductory sentence or two. They are clearly written and carefully chosen to represent the locale and the foods that are grown there; however, it is sometimes necessary to vary ingredients for American cooks, and sometimes prepared foods are used to simplify the recipe. Some of the "four utensils" directions are difficult indeed, involving frying in deep fat, whipping cream, dealing with fillo dough, filling seaweed for sushi, etc. Nevertheless, the dishes are good and are more or less authentic. For more thorough information about the food and cooking of individual countries, see the "Easy Menu" series (Lerner). The Kids' Around the World Cookbook (Kingfisher, 1994) by Deri Robins is easier. Passport is a good addition to a popular subject.?Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4ad3f78) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4672a74) out of 5 stars Fun and great for families! Oct. 3 2006
By Hedera Femme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I Loved this book. The layout and content was exciting and fun, and I really wanted to make many of these recipes. The countries/areas/continents covered are as follows: Africa, Caribbean, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Middle East, Russia, and Vietnam. The recipes vary in complexity with a guide for parents on how difficult and dangerous they were, and how much help kids might require. While some of the recipes were not exactly authentic (fortune cookies, after all, are neither Chinese, nor are they consumed there at all), but most were different enough to get a curious palette interested, but not so foreign as to alienate the slightly pickier eater.

Each region gets its own mini-table of contents, separating the dishes by course (appetizers, salads, soups; main courses; desserts...) Each region also opens with a section about the cultures, tastes, available food resources, etc.; the writing therein is fun and simple, and I thoroughly enjoyed each aspect of this recipe book. I highly recommend this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Poet&Writer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is excellent in many ways. I love the concept, the format, and the recipes chosen. The only reason I did not give this book stars is there are no photos. Considering that we are "traveling" around the world through this book, I would like my son to be able to see a snapshot or two of some of the featured locals, such as Russia, Japan, China, India, the Caribbean. I am also a big fan of pictures of recipes. Other than the lack of photos, this is an excellent book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa46aad5c) out of 5 stars Great for teachers Aug. 21 2008
By Linda Slager - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book for teachers who want to teach about different foods from different regions of the world. Easy to follow direction. Recipes that range from easy for younger children to a little more complicated for older kids & adults. So stay at home or in your classroom and enjoy worldwide 'Cuisine!
HASH(0xa4c25b7c) out of 5 stars Travel the world on your tastebuds Dec 7 2013
By LAUNA STOUT- Children'sBooks.BellaOnline - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Travel around the world with this tantalizing collection of easy-to-follow recipes. You can check out twelve different countries or regions of the world with traditional dishes from each. The recipes include appetizers, soups, salads, breads, entrees and desserts. Each chapter starts with an introduction about the country or region with interesting facts and figures. There is some history and geography and explanations about how they cook and why they eat what they eat and how they prepare it. You will learn a lot about each country or region in each chapter.
This is a large book with 160 pages, written for ages 9 and up. Black and white woodblock print illustrations on every page enhance the experience.
1. Africa
2. Caribbean
3. China
4. France
5. Germany
6. India
7. Italy
8. Japan
9. Mexico
10. Middle East
11. Russia
12. Vietnam
HASH(0xa45fad8c) out of 5 stars Good for themed dinners, more difficult to simply find a dessert/main quickly. Jan. 7 2015
By TKCMOMO2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My kids got 3 cookbooks each for Christmas. My daughter got 2 on international cuisine as we just traveled abroad and I thought it would pique her interest. It did but she didn't like the way this book was formatted as much as the other book we bought. This one is organized by country/culture of origin. This makes it difficult for her to look up a main dish v a dessert without reviewing the whole book. Obviously not something you can't work with, just not the way she thinks. So if you are trying to do themed dinners or events then this would probably work well for you. Haven't tried any of the recipes yet so can't comment on how they are.


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