ea. vol: 48p. illus. maps. photogs. bibliog. glossary. index. (Food and Drink Series). Bookwright, dist. by Watts. 1987. PLB $11.90. Gr 5 Up These two books discuss the history of food in a specific country, how it is produced and eaten, and specialities of the country and its various regions. The books are similar to Cooking the Chinese Way and Cooking the French Way (both Lerner, 1982). Books in both series are illustrated with color photographs and drawings, are the same length, and are on about the same reading level. Both con tain information on the country's food and eating habits and use many native lan guage words throughout the text. The main difference is on emphasis: the Book wright series focuses on information about the country's food and its uses, us ing nine or ten recipes to illustrate; the Lerner series focuses on recipes (15 or 20 in each book) and includes information about the food production, customs, and daily life of the people. They are both well organized, clearly written, and attractive in format, but the Bookwright books are more specialized and therefore are more likely to be used by older and fewer read ers than the cookbooks, which by their nature have a generally wider appeal. Carolyn Jenks, Oyster River Elementary School, Durham, N.H.