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From the Publisher"This is an absolutely fun set of books not only for students but for anyone who likes to cook….This set is highly recommended for all medium-sized libraries or larger."
American Reference Books Annual
"This attractive reference presents recipes for foods commonly eaten in countries around the world. The recipes are presented in a knowledgeable format that promises a successful cooking experience with foods that are novel, but available to the American reader. Arranged alphabetically by country, each chapter begins with a short description of the country, its geography, ethnic groups, and a map, followed by lists of foodstuffs, typical dishes, and styles of eating. This cultural survey exposes the reader to the variety of experience in how meals are taken and what they comprise in different countries. The recipes that conclude each chapter include a brief note as to when the dish is commonly eaten. Written for high school and undergraduate students, this reference will also appeal to the general reader."
Reference & Research Book News
"This work offers a useful, basic introduction to the cuisines of the world, including many smaller countries and nationalities not found in other reference titles. The recipes, ranging from simple dishes such as soups and salads to more complicated main entrees and desserts, can require some previous cooking skills on the part of the user, but they do give a nice taste of each countrys culinary riches. Recommended for high school and public libraries where there is sufficient demand for reference material on the subject."
"We've all had the assignment, make a dish from another country and bring it to school for the cultural potluck. The recipes in The World Cookbook for Students now make that assignmenta piece of cake! In five volumes, hundreds of recipes representing nearly 200 countries and regions of the world can be found. Moreover, the authors go beyond listing recipes and offer students a glimpse of different ways of eating and preparing foods….[t]he recipes and background information on countries are informative and creative….For public and school libraries."
Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
"This set aims to introduce readers, in particular U.S. students, to contemporary foodstuffs, ways of eating, and typical cookery in almost every country in the world. It includes 198 alphabetically listed nation-states and nationalities without states. Each one is shown on a map, and its history, geography, and ethnic or religious makeup is briefly introduced. An average of five or six recipes is provided per entry, with exceptions for the largest and smallest nations. When a recipe includes ingredients not available in the U.S., substitutions are suggested. A secondary objective is to allow students to compare dishes, such as yogurt, rice, and pasta, which are common in various countries….This is a useful resource for multidisciplinary studies involving the social sciences, language arts, and consumer education, as well as general interest. Bon appetit!"
School Library Journal
"While this is designed for an older age group, elementary teachers will be delighted to know of its existence when their students study countries of the world and what people in those countries eat. The objective of this reference is to introduce U.S. students to contemporary foodstuffs, ways of eating, and typical cookery in almost every country of the world, and this objective is met….While this is most suited to the study and preparation of food, it would be of interest to reports on other countries for a world geography assignment and even to confirm the menus found in contemporary literature. This is a must purchase."
GALE Reference for Students
"In this informative set of cookbooks, Jacob and Ashkenazi travel the globe through the world of food, stopping in every nation-state and even a few nationalities. Basic geographical information, the types of food eaten, typical dishes of the area, and styles of eating are provided for each country….The scope of coverage in this five-volume set is amazing—even the smallest of countries like Dijibouti or Tyrol, which is not even an independent country yet, are represented. With such a vast amount of information provided, good organization is necessary, and here the set excels….Readers can search by topic, country, ingredient, or recipe, and they are directed to the volume and page number where the information can be found."
"As a reference resource this five volume set is excellent value not only for students of cookery but also for anthropologists or anyone undertaking a study of the society and social practices of people around the globe. It is a fascinating insight into the eating habits, daily life and practices of the world's people."