World Crafts and Recipes Book Reviews

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Booklist, January 2011

On Recipe and Craft Guide to China, Recipe and Craft Guide to France, Recipe and Craft Guide to India and Recipe and Craft Guide to Japan

In the World Crafts and Recipes series, recipes and art projects introduce readers to a variety of countries' rich cultures. Colorful photos show both the original inspirations for the activities as well as examples of children's projects and culinary creations. An introductory section outlines the country's history, and sections of text throughout the books provide additional context. In Recipe and Craft Guide to China, Mattern spotlights the country's geographic regions and presents special crafts connected to various holiday celebrations, including kites and red lanterns. In Recipe and Craft Guide to France, the crafts help introduce French history, such as making Napoleon's hat or creating a stained-glass window. In Recipe and Craft Guide to India, the inspiration for many of the recipes and crafts come from the country's diverse cultural traditions. In Recipe and Craft Guide to Japan, Mofford loosely organizes the activities based on the seasons of the year, including ozoni soup for New Year's and "moon-viewing noodles" at harvest time. Some of the crafts and recipes require particular skills, special materials or ingredients, and/or help from an adult. The back matter includes a number of further reading suggestions, a glossary featuring both culturally specific and general vocabulary words (although these words are not specially marked in the text itself), and an index. The "About the Author" page is notable as it highlights each writer's personal connection to the country.

School Library Journal (Series Made Simple), November 2010

On Recipe and Craft Guide to China, Recipe and Craft Guide to France, Recipe and Craft Guide to India and Recipe and Craft Guide to Japan

This series captures the essence of the various countries, even noting the authors' personal connections with the places. The format varies from book to book. Some provide crafts and recipes in separate sections while others, Japan for example, list thematically similar recipes and crafts together. France, India, and Japan provide more context than the other books, using craft projects to represent historical eras and holidays. These books provide plenty of ideas for adding tasty treats and impressive visual aids to cultural reports or presentations.