Reviews for Recipe and Craft Guide to South Africa


Booklist Reviews 2012 March #1
The slim volumes in the World Crafts and Recipes series offer plenty of both, along with overviews of the countries' history and culture. Although there are plenty of delicious recipes and interesting crafts, many of those listed, in both categories, are not particularly easy. The Recipe and Craft Guide to South Africa is the most intriguing of the books, with the history well woven into the narrative. For the most part, both the crafts and foods seem doable, though adult help is still advised. Lots of color photos, featuring the country's children, and an inviting design will draw readers. Bibliographies and glossaries appended. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 May

Gr 4-8--Crafts and recipes from each country are offered up alongside information about culture and traditions with a little history sprinkled in. The authors possess first-hand knowledge of their topics, giving a nice depth to the volumes. There are some delightful gems tucked away in these volumes, but the overall execution leaves something to be desired. Many of the crafts are quite complicated with instructions that will not help children understand the steps. The recipes, too, are intimidating and suited for experienced cooks. On top of this, many of the photographs are poorly lit and have an unprofessional look. Purchase where there is great demand for country/recipe books.--Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN

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