Story by Yvette Garfield
Garfield’s cultural cookbooks keep the reader captivated as she tells an adventurous story of six children traveling through China and learning about the history of traditional Chinese cooking. The book comes with a chef’s hat and a set of chopsticks; she even writes a brief lesson on how to use chopsticks to properly eat Chinese cuisine!
The recipes utilize 1-4 chopsticks to designate the level of difficulty and need for adult supervision. She cultivates children’s healthy eating habits by suggesting healthier modifications for each dish. Some examples include choosing brown or whole grain rice for extra fiber, using tofu instead of meat for reduced cholesterol and switching out regular soy sauce for a low-sodium variety to reduce salt intake. Each main dish is packed with vegetables to encourage healthy eating.
As the children prepare each culturally delightful meal, the reader can follow their recipes, learn about the culture and cook along with them. Garfield even manages to promote physical activity when taking about ancient Chinese martial arts. Moreover, she continues to encourage her readers to get involved with local charities by having the characters throw a food fundraiser for Nothing But Nets, a charity raising money for nets to prevent Malaria.
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