I’m excited to share the third cookbook in the Cooking Class series Cooking Class Global Feast! 44 Recipes that Celebrate the World’s Cultures.
The inspiration came from the first book I wrote 30 years ago—the Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook. After college, I received a Watson Fellowship to travel around the world and collect recipes from kids. I was also inspired to write Global Feasts after going to a family cultural night at my local elementary school in Massachusetts. I was amazed to see more that 50 countries represented, right in my own town!
Many local kids modeled in my book and shared stories from their ethnic backgrounds. The step-by-step photos were all taken in my kitchen. Malea made coconut bread from the Kingdom of Tonga where her ancestors are from. Coco made fried rice and also shared her family’s recipe for Kimchi. Zadie showed how to make Banana Punch from Jamaica, Mathew toasted cashews from Costa Rica, and Song make Bahn Mi sandwiches (her dad is from Viet Nam).
The chapters are organized by meal, from breakfast to dessert. Each chapter has a fun visual chart of foods to try called Global Taste Test. In the one pictured here, kids are encouraged to taste fruits around the world—like star fruit and papaya!
The book has some fun extras, too! A food passport to fill out when you try international foods, world flag stickers, AND flash cards that teach how say “I’m Hungry” in many different languages.
All in all, my new cookbook teaches kids to cook and celebrates diversity through food. It’s a colorful spiral bound book with stickers and cards. We are also printing a hardcover library edition which will be great for schools!
Now get ready to travel the globe without ever leaving your kitchen!