This book is half-recipe book, half-cute photos of kids book. Visiting the cuisines of 32 countries across the globe, each country gets two recipes, a “fun fact”, and a gorgeous photo of a child that goes with the country’s “theme”.
The recipes weren’t created by Lewis, but come from websites, books and magazines. They are wide and varied, with the idea that they give the reader a little taste of the culture of each country. For example, New Zealand is represented by steel-cut oat porridge, and mussel and potato fritters. The fun fact for New Zealand is about the carrot statue in Ohakune; it’s then followed by the mussel fritter recipe. I found this a bit jarring – some of the facts bear little or no relationship to the recipes, and I wondered what the point was; however, the bulk of the facts do relate directly to the recipe, or the nation’s cuisine.
The recipes themselves are fairly easy to follow, and they cover the range from basic to more complicated, allowing the book to be accessed by a wide range of home cooks.
It’s the photographs that are really the star of the book. The food photography is appetising and well-styled, inviting the reader into their own kitchen to get creating. The photos of the children are pretty lovely, with the children dressed to represent the country in some way, and interesting props.
This would make a nice gift for a child or family, to encourage some food adventures. I know in my family breakfast is often rushed, and Little Tables would be fun to work through over the course of a year of weekends, trying many of the wide variety of dishes, and making an occasion of the meal.
Reviewed by Rachel Moore
Little Tables – Anytime Breakfasts from around the World
by Vanessa Lewis
Published by Beatnik Publishing