Gr 4 Up-Although similar to the "Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks" series (Lerner), these titles have a larger format; many new recipes; and clear, more comprehensive directions. The books begin with overviews of regional foods in their respective country, accompanied by full-color photos and a map. The recipes start with an explanation of the dish, its origins, customs surrounding it, and the local name for it. Next comes the list of ingredients, followed by the steps, which are divided into "On your mark-," "Get set-," and "Cook!" The recipes are divided by categories such as soups, salads, main dishes, and desserts. Crisp, full-color photos show the finished product. Although some steps, such as peeling shrimp, will most likely be unfamiliar to children, and a few of the recipes lack the necessary step-by-step illustrations (making egg rolls and trussing a chicken), these books are welcome additions. Both children and their parents will be cooking like locals.-Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.