Kids Cook with Books – Everybody Cooks Rice

Everybody Cooks Rice

Our featured book for February is Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley.  It’s a tale of culinary adventure as a boy and his sister visit their neighbors and taste their way through rice recipes from around the world.  Not only does the story describe a variety of multicultural recipes, it also addresses differences in family dynamics.  Some families are multigenerational, while others have parents who work several jobs to make ends meet. Everybody Cooks Rice is an eye opening story about the lives of others – and it is certain to leave you hungry!

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  1. Please fill in the form below, saying that you’re joining Kids Cook with Books this month.
  2. Get a copy of our featured books using the links above or from your local library.
  3. Read the book together…
  4. ….then bring the kids into the kitchen and cook our featured recipe together.
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  6. Tune in next month for March’s Kids Cook with Books.
  7. Psst – guess what? The list of ALL 12 of the featured books for the 2017 Kids Cook with Books series will be coming soon in my Holiday Gift Guide. Stay tuned!

Featured Recipe for Kids Cook with Books: Everybody Cooks Rice

The story Everybody Cooks Rice includes the following recipes in the appendix:

  • Rice (a plain version that can be used as the base for all of the others)
  • Black-eyed Peas and Rice from Barbados
  • Turmeric Rice with Pigeon Peas from Puerto Rico
  • Nuoc Cham from Vietnam
  • Fried Rice from China
  • Biryani from India
  • Red Beans ad Rice from Haiti
  • Risi e Bisi from Italy

I wanted to share links to two additional rice recipes that I especially enjoy.

  • Gallo Pinto – a traditional recipe for rice with black beans from Costa Rica
  • Spanish Rice (it’s Mexican, actually!) – a delicious side dish that we enjoy serving on taco night

2017 Kids Cook with Books

2017 Picks for Kids Cook with Books

With the new year around the corner, I thought I’d share our list of Kids Cook with Books picks for 2017! They would make excellent gifts for the young chefs in your family.

  1. January: Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
  2. February: Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley
  3. March: Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola
  4. April: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
  5. May: The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs
  6. June: Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles, by Shan-Shan Chen and Heifi Goodman
  7. July: How to Make Cherry Pie and See the USA, by Marjorie Priceman
  8. August: Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco
  9. September: If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff
  10. October: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  11. November: Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
  12. December: Sweet Potato Pie, by Kathleen Lindsey


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I do hope you’ll comment here, letting us know which rice recipes you and the kids tried!  Did you choose them because of their country of origin – or did the flavors just sound too appealing to pass up?

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