By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Little Kitchen Around The World
By Sabrina Parrini (Hardie Grant, $29.95, softcover, 118pages)
From writing about learning the basics and cooking good old favourites in her first book, Sabrina Parrini has travelled the world—figuratively—on a plate in her second!
Parrini admits going through the effort of cooking a proper meal for herself—even if she’s eating on her own—so you know the results will be good.
However, in an age when everyone is talking childhood obesity, it is, of course, important to be sensible at the dining table and not over indulge in unhealthy foods.
The book’s presentation is simple, lively, positive and entertaining. The recipes, written especially for 8- to 12-year-olds, are divided into categories for lunch, dinner, sides, biscuits, cakes and desserts. They originate from Japan, Mexico, USA, France, Italy, Spain, India, Morocco, Greece, UK, Thailand and Australia.
Along with broadening their culinary horizons, budding young chefs will learn easy- to-follow methods, get information on safety, equipment, handy advice and find explanations of ingredients in the glossary.
The international flavour takes on an added bonus for ordinary recipes: Green Tea Cupcakes, Chai Tea Cupcakes, Orange Blossom and Cinnamon Rice Pudding and Japanese-inspired Potato Gems.
Frijole Nachos, Udon Noodle Salad, Tuna Cous Cous and Mum’s Lemon Biscotti make for tasty snacks.
Along with colour photographs, also featured is information on the country of origin, a creation rating (easy, medium, tricky), number of servings, snippets about the country and helpful tips.
Wooden spoons decorated as citizens of the various countries offering extra facts or suggestions are cutely quirky.
Little Kitchen Around The World is a sure-fire winner—since part of being a good cook is learning to “experiment with new flavours and different ways of doing things in the kitchen”.
Edition 406, 22 April 2014
To find out more about Rama Gaind click here.