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International Night: A Father and A Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World by Mark Kurlansky and Talia Kurlansky
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: This is a fun cookbook written by a father/daughter team who decided to make complete meals from all over the globe. For each country there's a short blurb about the country itself and the cuisine followed by recipes for everything from appetizers and main dishes to desserts and drinks and everything in between.
Why I Picked This Book: When the older kids were younger one Saturday night a month we deemed country night where we had a 3 course meal based on whatever country we picked. It was a lot of fun and something we still talk about. When I saw this book on NetGalley it reminded me of that.
My Impression: I LOVE this cookbook. The idea is just such fun. For every country or region you can think of there's a complete menu. There's well known areas such as Provence and much lesser known areas such as Kazakhstan and just about everywhere in between. Almost all of the ingredients would be easily found in a regular grocery store. When this isn't the case the Kurlansky's provide you with suggestions of where to find it or substitutions. They do address that not all the recipes are completely authentic. Especially with Kazakhstan where they eat quite a bit of horse meat which would be off putting to most American palettes and difficult to find so they substitute the meat.
This isn't a cookbook you would cook from on a Tuesday and many of the recipes are quite labor intensive but it would be great fun for both kids and adults to have a special event night. Plus it's just fun to flip through. I do wish pictures of the meals or countries themselves had been included. There are sketches but I do prefer a photograph when it comes to this type of book.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes! There instructions were clear and the substitutions were realistic.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Definitely! I'm looking to buy another copy of it myself. I prefer my cookbooks in book form.