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What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street?: Recipes for Kids From Around the World

Prestel. Sept. 2019. 48p. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9783791373973.
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Gr 1-4–The neighbors at Number 10 Garden Street are cooking up something delicious. In their own apartments, the neighbors each prepare a homemade dish. From salmorejo to spaghetti al pomodoro, from coconut dahl to guacamole, and peanut butter &chocolate chip cookies and strawberry crumble, delightful dishes come from each household. Although the foods are different and hail from all over the globe, they all come together for a gorgeous garden party feast and time of fun and fellowship. This is a splendidly diverse picture book that also serves as a multicultural cookbook and culinary guide. Each spread focuses on a different apartment and its inhabitants cooking up a dish that feels like home. The verso shares a line about the characters and what they are doing and recto displays pictures of labeled ingredients and a recipe. The love that goes into the food preparation is evident in the way the characters are portrayed in the skillfully painted illustrations. There is much to be learned about each character by studying the rich details in each full-page picture. The highlighted foods are easily accessible and the recipes are family-friendly for eating and preparing.
VERDICT A first purchase, this picture book and cookbook mashup celebrates community, food, and culture.

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