The Antiracist Kitchen: 21 Stories (and Recipes)

Orca. Sept. 2023. 160p. ed. by Hohn, Nadia L., ed. Tr $29.95. ISBN 9781459833432.
Gr 4 Up–A celebration of diversity in the form of a cookbook. This title includes 21 stories from many bestselling authors about growing up, family, cultural traditions, and bringing people together over food. Many of the stories include situations and microaggressions people of color have experienced throughout their lives. While some of the stories are sad, they end on a happy note and a delicious recipe follows. The book is broken down into four chapters based on the types of stories included: reclamation, resistance, restoration, and rejoicing. Some words and ideas may be difficult for younger readers to grasp, but with the help of an adult, and the glossary at the end of the book, they will likely understand. Attractive, cartoon illustrations accompany each tale to help readers understand events in the text. Pictures of the completed recipes are included. Aspiring kid chefs will enjoy trying out these original recipes.
VERDICT The author asks, “What if talking about racism was as easy as baking a cake?” With this book, it could be. Recommended for all libraries.

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