Since the holidays are a time with family, friends and festive meals together, we thought we’d share some of our favorite books about food.
In Cora Cooks Pancit, Little Cora embarks on an afternoon of learning how to make pancit, a savory Filipino noodle dish. It’s a special time with her mother and she’s excited to learn about her grandfather’s job as a cook to Filipino farm workers after immigrating to California. When it’s time for dinner to be served, Cora is nervous about what the rest of the family will think about her first attempt at making their beloved dish. A glossary and recipe for pancit finish off this delightful book.
In Dad’s Favorite Cookie, we follow a little girl named Yuka throughout her day in Japan as she waits for her father to come home from his busy ramen shop. While at a spring festival, Yuka is surprised and extremely pleased to win a basket of traditional Japanese treats called wagashi, which includes her dad's favorite cookie, daifuku. There is so much to enjoy and learn about Japanese foods and traditions, with many cultural notes sprinkled throughout the narrative. A lovely and whimsical read.
Bee-Bim Bop! is a lively and lyrical celebration of a child’s favorite Korean dish, bee-bim bop. A myriad of ingredients in a flurry of preparation and cooking transform into an amazing and complex melange of flavors and textures! A recipe for bee-bim bop and author’s note are included in the back matter.
A girl and her family have a delicious meal of little dishes of dim sum in Dim Sum for Everyone! Reading this one made us crave turnip cakes, sweet tofu and egg tarts. A note about the history of dim sum and an illustrated array of dishes await the reader at the end of the book.
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