Presents recipes for Caribbean dishes while introducing the people, geography, culture, and customs of the Islands.
Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotBarbecue was invited by the Carib Indians, and this is just one of the tidbits that readers will glean from this quick tour of the Caribbean. Starting with a description of the geography and formation of the thousands of islands that make up the Caribbean, McKenley moves into a brief history including a discussion of slavery and then features the people today. The foods, crops, celebrations, and recipes for several dishes and drinks constitute the balance of the book. It is all liberally illustrated with crisp, colorful photographs. Part of the "Food Around the World" series.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-6-Two excellent supplementary sources for reports that include foods and/or recipes of the respective regions. History and culture are presented crisply and briefly. Maps showing the location of the areas under discussion and a simple physical/political representation are helpful. Clear full-color photographs add greatly to the books' appeal, and their captions add additional interesting information. Since these are not primarily cookbooks, there is not a lot of detail about how to measure, how to use tools, or nutritional content, but the recipes are easy to follow. Orange boxes contain safety hints regarding sharp knives, baking, or boiling water. Glossary, index, short bibliography, and table of contents make these valuable assets to any library.-Carole B. Kirkpatrick, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
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