Nineteen different recipes are featured in this easy-to-use book aimed at beginning cooks. Many recipes have color illustrations that provide inspiration for someone who wants to know "what it should look like." A basic section, included in all books in the series, provides information about cooking terms, techniques, special ingredients, metric conversions and other helpful hints for the novice. An extensive introduction provides background information about holidays that are celebrated throughout the world from December through March. Two sample menus provide a truly international holiday meal. Recipes are included for all aspects of a meal, from appetizer to dessert. Beginning cooks will enjoy preparing Thai Egg Rolls, North African Chicken Soup, Noodles with Poppy Seeds, Ginger Fried Fish, and Strawberry Tartlets. (Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks) Category: Cookbooks, Useful Arts & Crafts. KLIATT Codes: JSARecommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Lerner, First Avenue Editions, 72p. illus. index., Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Shirley Reis; IMC Dir., Lake Shore M.S., Mequon, WI
Gr 5 Up Those who are searching for novel ways to celebrate various international holidays will rejoice at this appetizing collection of ethnic recipes from 15 countries. A brief introduction emphasizes the connection between geography and culture and particular types of foods. The menu for an international holiday meal could help organize a unique home or school feast. The 17 recipes range from a simple blender peanut punch to such specialties as pirozhki and julebrod, which demand considerable time and culinary competence. While not for rank beginners, this volume includes a comprehensive dictionary of terms, clear directions, and accessible ingredients, so it is practical for intermediate-level young cooks. Merilyn S. Burrington, Vergennes Union High School, Vt.