International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World *Including More than 250 Recipes*

International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World *Including More than 250 Recipes*

by Mark Kurlansky, Talia Kurlansky


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From celebrated food writer Mark Kurlansky, a savory trip across the globe for parents and kids, with delicious and accessible recipes and tidbits both cultural and historical.

Once a week in the Kurlansky home, Mark spins a globe and wherever his daughter's finger lands becomes the theme of that Friday night's dinner. Their tradition of International Night has afforded Mark an opportunity to share with his daughter, Talia—and now the readers of International Night—the recipes, stories, and insights he's collected over more than thirty years of traveling the world writing about food, culture, and history, and his charming pen-and-ink drawings, which appear throughout the book.

International Night is brimming with recipes for fifty-two special meals—appetizers, a main course, side dishes, and dessert for each—one for every week of the year. Some are old favorites from Mark's repertoire, and others gleaned from research. Always, they are his own version, drawn from techniques he learned as a professional chef and from many years of talking to chefs, producers, and household cooks around the world. Despite these insights, every recipe is designed to be carried out—easily—by any amateur chef, and they are designed to be completed with the assistance of children.

Mark and Talia invite you and your family into their kitchen, outfitted with overflowing packets of exotic spices and aromas of delicacies from Tanzania and Kazakhstan to Cuba and Norway. From there, recipes and toothsome morsels of cultural and historical information will fill your bellies and your minds, and transport you to countries all around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620400272
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/19/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 768,461
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of Cod, Salt, The Basque History of the World, 1968, The Big Oyster, and The Eastern Stars, among many other books. He was awarded the 2011 National Parenting Publications Gold Award for World Without Fish, the 2007 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonviolence, Bon Appetit's Food Writer of the Year in 2006, the 1999 James Beard Award for Food Writing and the 1999 Glenfiddich Award, both for Cod. The children's books, The Cod's Tale and The Story of Salt received the Orbis Pictus award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the ALA Notable Book Award, respectively. He lives in New York City. Visit his Web site at

Talia Kurlansky, who often cooks and travels with her father, is in the eighth grade. This is her first book.


New York, NY

Date of Birth:

December 7, 1948

Place of Birth:

Hartford, CT


Butler University, B.A. in Theater, 1970

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Family Ritual 1

Talia's Introduction 3

On Recipes 4

On Cooking with Children 5

On Drinks 6

On Fats and Oils 6

On Sugar and Spice 8

Equipment 17

A Slightly Nutty Way to Open a Coconut 19

On Salt Cod 19

On Vegetables 20

On Desserts 21

Basic Recipes 21

On Cooking Temperature 25

Philippines Night 26

Provence Might 32

Kazakhstan Night 40

Sweden Night 43

Niger Night 47

China Night 50

Hawaii Might 57

Saudi Arabia Night 63

Mexico Night 68

Brazil Night 78

Sicily Night 84

Japan Night 90

Afghanistan Night 103

Morocco Night 106

Greece Night 124

Cuba Night 130

Naples Night 138

Iran Night 143

Egypt Night 147

Romania Night 152

Andalusia Night 155

Algeria Night 161

Brittany Night 165

Tanzania Night 171

Quebec Night 175

Norway Night 180

Cornwall Night 183

Hungary Night 190

New Orleans Night 196

Senegal Night 203

Aquitaine Night 209

Korea Night 216

Haiti Night 221

Newfoundland Might 229

India Night 236

French Guiana Night 242

Germany Night 252

Mongolia Night 260

Peru Night 265

Switzerland Night 271

Ireland Night 276

Argentina Night 283

Portugal Night 287

Nicaragua Night 295

Russia Night 300

Jamaica Night 309

Sri Lanka Night 318

Belgium Night 325

Ethiopia Night 332

Austria Night 336

Turkey Night 344

Emilia-Romagna Night 353

Acknowledgments 360

Bibliography 361

Index of Recipes 366

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International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World *Including More than 250 Recipes* 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: International Night A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World *Including More than 250 Recipes* Author: Mark Kurlansky & Talia Kurlansky Published: 8-19-14 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Pages: 384 Genre: Cooking; Food & Wine Sub Genre: Family Activities; Parenting & Relationships; Cookbooks ISBN: 9781620400272 ASIN: B00KYK0DV2 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 4 Stars . International Night is more than a cookbook. It is part memoire and part advisory on how to build those memories with your child. It is also a story of a culinary journey around the globe. Have one night in Turkey, the move on to Greece, or perhaps you might want to go to Peru or India. So many recipes to choose from. There are recipes for appetizer, main dish and sometimes desserts and beverages. If you want to build some memories of your own with your daughter or even your son. Pick some countries and do some research. Plan out your menu and enjoy. Even if you are only interested in the recipes International Night is well worth it, but if you are interested in learning how to make a special bond with your child then it is doubly valuable. Take a quick look for yourself and plan an enjoyable time. My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
There is so much to love about this book! Curl up by the fire and read about the different countries and dishes represented here, or just get in the kitchen and start cooking! I love that along with familiar places such as Greece, Germany and Italy you also have Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Algeria, Aquitaine, Kazakhstan and French Guinea. My girls love the Cornish Pasties, and Fennel Salad from Sicily is quite lovely and simple to make. Try an entire meal from a country or your choice, or pick and choose dishes to make a truly International night! Hmmm, Spatzle from Germany followed by Hazelnut Salad from Switzerland, Pork Adobo from Philippines, Green Beans and Carrots from Haiti followed by Apple Blackberry Pie from Norway. You are only limited by your imagination--and sometimes your pocketbook for some of the more 'exotic' ingredients. A couple of things dropped the rating of this book. Even a few photos would have been nice (an occasional line drawing of a cabbage, pineapple or other ingredient doesn't do much for me in a cookbook). Also, if you don't read the introductory portion of the book you won't know that all the recipes are configured to feed three people because that's the size of the author's family. NONE of the recipes I could find lists serving size. The author explains this away as his daughter telling him when he does math to shrink or expand a recipe he is "no fun", so he leaves that to his reader. Fine, hire someone to do it for you, then. Having recipes designed for 3 people can be pretty awkward for someone with a family of 4. We have six in our family so I can easily double, but others may have to work more to get an amount that works for them. This just feels very unprofessional to me. Even with the drawbacks mentioned above, this is a great cookbook full of interesting food. As a homeschool mom, it's also a great tool in school. Instead of just learning about different countries from a book, why not incorporate their cuisine into your studies as well?! With this book we'll get a little extra math in when we double the recipes as well. I received a copy of this book from Bloomsbury for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.