● Purple Dragonfly Book Awards-2013 Winner, Cookbooks/Food
● International Book Awards-2013 Winner, Children's Mind/Body/Spirit
● National Indie Excellence Awards-2013 Winner, Book Cover Design for Children's Fiction
● San Francisco Book Festival-2013 Winner, Best Cookbook
● IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, The 2013 Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Children's/Young Adult)-Silver Medalist
● Next Generation Indie Book Awards-2013 Finalist, Parenting/Family
● Mom's Choice Awards-2013 Silver Award, Cooking & Food, Juvenile Level Books
● Purple Dragonfly Book Awards-2013 Honorable Mention, Best Illustrations
● Purple Dragonfly Book Awards-2013 Honorable Mention, Historic Fiction
● New York Book Festival -2013 Honorable Mention, Cookbooks
● New England Book Festival-2012 Honorable Mention, Children's Books
100% of the proceeds from sales benefit Recipe for Success Foundation's programming. ORDER TODAY
Details . . .
Using an adventure story to attract young readers to the fun of cooking and eating more fruits and veggies, Gracie Cavnar's book follows Ottavio Fornero, a pint-sized member of Marco Polo's famous expedition as he discovers wondrous foods through the rich cultural traditions of people along the old Silk Road. As Ottavio journeys from Venice to the Middle East, cooks and readers as young as seven learn thirty easy-to-follow recipes inspired by the trip.
The 160-page book, written for children seven to eleven, is the first in a series of three. Volume One: Leaving Home engages young and old alike, setting the stage for parents to share their family's long-held food traditions plus create new ones with their children. Deliciously descriptive, the reader can almost smell the famous rosemary-laced Fornero focaccia and cheesy, cinnamon spiked losyns.
A medieval world map showing Polo's actual expedition routes, 122 original watercolor illustrations by Anni Matsick, glossaries of cooking terms, techniques and utensils, and an extensive illustrated history of ingredients, along with adaptations, serving suggestions and historic trivia complement the story and recipes.
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Reviews of the book have been glowing:
- "A fabulously fun read and a great way to teach kids about healthy homemade food!" Norah O'Donnell - co-host, CBS This Morning and co-author, Baby Love.
- "Wonderful--love the illustrations and how they weave into the recipes. I look forward to reading it with my kids." Amanda Hesser -author, The Essential New York Times Cookbook and editor, Food52.
- "What a rich repast! The pages are as colorful and appealing as the meals described in them. I dog-eared at least a dozen to cook with my own niece and nephew." Lauren Purcell - editor-in-chief, Every Day with Rachael Ray.
- "Eat It! Food Adventures is the best way to make any kid want to cook dinner!" Mimi Swartz - executive editor, Texas Monthly
- "Gracie Cavnar cooks up a delicious tale destined to make readers of all ages hungry for more." Molly Glentzer - writer, The Houston Chronicle and author, Pink Ladies and Crimson Gents.
- "This book is certain to set young kids sailing on their own food adventures."
Bettina Siegel - editor, The Lunch Tray.
- "Such a beautiful, intelligent vehicle of food knowledge for our children."
Heather Carlucci - award-winning chef, farmer and forager, New York City.
Future volumes in this series will explore foods of the time in Persia, Afghanistan, China, Southeast Asia, India and Turkey. Order your book now.
Book Signings and Events coming up soon:
July 17, 2013 at 10:30 am Dig into a Food Adventure with Gracie Cavnar, NormanWilliams Public Library, Woodstock, VT
July 27-29, 2013 Bookstock - Woodstock, Vermont
October 25-27, 2013 Texas Book Festival - Austin, Texas
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