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The Multicultural Cookbook for Students

Author Name:Albyn, Carole Lisa/ Webb, Lois Sinaiko


Take an appetizing tour of the world with The Multicultural Cookbook for Students. 
Arranged by region and then by country, each group of recipes is preceded by a brief description of the geography, history, and culinary traditions of the country.
Recipes list the number of people served per dish, the ingredients--with appropriate substitutions for more exotic items--the equipment needed, and easy-to-follow directions for the preparation of dishes.
A glossary is also included.
Recommended for grades 4-12.

From Booklist

Stressing safety and adult assistance, the authors give young cooks a taste of the culture and foods of 122 countries through 337 authentic recipes in a book that is arranged geographically by continent or region--Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, and North America.
Each of the seven sections opens with a general, but brief, description of the area and its culinary traditions; within the sections, the countries and their typical foods are introduced (outline maps show where each country is located), and in general, at least two recipes for each country are listed.
The authors state that this is not designed as a beginner's guide; however, the recipes, which run the gamut from soups to sweets, are noteworthy for their clarity of presentation--each entry gives the yield, ingredients, equipment, specific instructions, and serving suggestions--and boldface terms are defined in an excellent, lengthy glossary that ranges from the basic to the exotic.
A helpful resource for students linking foods to geography or other assignments, this will also tempt aspiring cooks and could lead to further exploration of ethnic cookery.
The comprehensive index is a plus.
Sally Estes

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


.,."useful, practical, one-stop source guide to the world's favorite foods."-School Library Journal

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About the Author

CAROLE LISA ALBYN is a branch librarian (formerly children's librarian) at the Evelyn Meador Branch Library, Harris County Public Library System, Seabrook, Texas. 
She is a member of the American Library Association and the Texas Library Association.LOIS SINAIKO WEBB is a restaurant consultant and caterer in Seabrook, Texas.
She owned and operated a seafood restaurant for 15 years which she closed in 1986 in order to travel and write for many food service publications.
In 1988, while in the People's Republic of China, Ms.
Webb taught American cooking to 54 chefs in the Jilin Province.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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  •     This book is an excellant cookbook with recipies from many countries. I have checked it out at least 10 times from our local library and I plan on buying my own copy since I keep checking it out. I cook at least one of these recipies each month as the class studies a particular country.

  •     I have to applaud this book. It blends its United Nations like ambassadorship with a practical knowledge of cooking. There are so few great cookbooks for young people and this, 1993 edition of this book, is one of them.As far as the authenticity of the recipes, as a Bulgarian-American, I can offer my opinion on the selections for Bulgaria. There are three accurate and appropriate yogurt based recipes: tarator, lassi and homemade yogurt itself. Certainly signature dishes from the country. (Not to mention seeing yogurt made for the first time is pretty neat when you're a kid and are used to seeing it only in little cups from the supermarket!)The practical knowledge presented for cooking surprised me. Usually cookbooks for children are 'dumbed down' but this one gives them real instruction while speaking to them in appropriate language. Much better in fact than handouts for Home Ec. class they'll get in middle school or junior high.Now a warning. There is a 2001 version of this book under the same title and template but with completely different recipes. Personally, I find this 1993 version friendlier and more appropriate. You might feel different, but suffice it to say, there are two completely different books out there under the same title and press.

  •     Carole Lisa Albyn, a branch librarian and former children's librarian, dedicates this book to the child, who, in a very small voice, so small that she had to lean over to hear, asked for a recipe from "Yemen, South Yemen." She says, "This is my way of apology for sending you off without anything because all I had to offer was a coffee recipe from South Yemen."At our library, this has become one of the most useful references for students who need concise information on a particular country. Each section is organized by geographical, agricultural and even some religious information. "Somalis are Sunni Muslim. This is important to note because no form of alcohol is allowed. Instead, Somalis drink tea or milk." There's a section on common sense, safety and cleanliness, reminding children that the book is designed to teach them about the countries, not as an introduction to cooking methods in general. In almost every case, there are at least two recipes for each country listed. Some countries have more, some have fewer. There's a glossary of terms to explain unfamiliar words. The book ends with a comprehensive index, listing recipe names major ingredients, and other terms.As a librarian, it is wonderful to be able to refer students to such a thorough resource. It is the dedication and drive of people like Carole Lisa Albyn that make wonderful references such as the Multicultural Cookbook for Students.

  •     My girl scouts and I have used this cookbook many times for World Thinking Day recipes. The variety of recipes and countries represented is great - you will find recipes for countries not in your average international cookbook. The recipes range from fast and easy to more time consuming and complicated. However, that makes this cookbook suitable for all age groups. I have also used this cookbook in the classroom with 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders.


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