Book Review: Everybody Cooks Rice

Rating: ★★★☆☆

This story about a young girl looking for her brother to call him to dinner is a foil for the reader’s opportunity to glimpse the kitchens of all their neighbors, each from a different country, and each cooking rice in a different way.

Everyone has a favorite dish that reminds them of home and family, and this book introduces children to many cultures through the medium of food, so emblematic of culture.  Wonderfully, this neighborhood is one in which children can knock on neighbors’ doors and be invited to have a taste of dinner — something unheard of in our time.  But for those of us in real world urban neighborhoods, there are recipes at the back of the book to allow readers to sample the different kinds of dishes.  This book is the first in what looks like a series.

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Publication Information: Dooley, Norah. Everybody Cooks Rice. Everybody Cooks; . 1991. ISBN: 0590455974.
Categories: 3 Stars, Age 04-08
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Posted on May 13, 2009


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