Pasta, Fried Rice, and Matzoh Balls

Immigrant Cooking in America

From the Series Cooking Through Time

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

From 1565 to 1920, waves of European and Asian immigrants reached American shores and spiced up the country’s diet. Learn about their contributions and tempt your taste buds with recipes for German Potato Salad, Portuguese Sweetbread, Swedish Meatballs, Matzoh Balls, Fried Rice, and Sukiyaki —an assortment as diverse as America itself.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2006-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF014000, JNF025170, JNF025200
Dewey 394.1'2'0973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Features Appendix, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Recipes, Reviewed, Source notes, and Table of contents

Author: Loretta Frances Ichord

Loretta Frances Ichord is a children's author with five published nonfiction middle grade books in the school and library market. Four of them are in a series called Cooking through Time with Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group. The books tell the history of American food from the colonial period to the present with recipes included. In addition, Loretta has had one short story and numerous articles and essays published in newspapers and magazines.

Illustrator: Jan Davey Ellis


School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“A multi-hued crew of cartoon cats presents the various food groups and the practices of a healthy lifestyle. Each book reports which foods are in the titled group and provides simple explanations of how they affect the body. Cleary’s consistent reminders to children to help the adults in their lives eat better are helpful, too.” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

School Library Journal

“The spot and full-page color illustrations are pleasing to the eye, as is the design of the book with its wide margin space. . . The appendix gives additional directions for classroom use of the dishes with 32 students and teacher.”
School Library Journal

Library Media Connection

“The background information is simple yet detailed enough to provide a start toward more in-depth research.”
Library Media Connection

Oneota Reading Journal

“A wonderful reference for history units.”
Oneota Reading Journal