Sunday, June 29, 2008

Everybody Eats Lunch on

Hey gang!!! If you are in the city today be sure to stop by the Children's Museum of Manhattan and participate in the " Everybody Eats Lunch"cooking classes I am hosting at 3pm and 4pm. Its free with museum admission!!! Bring the kids and enjoy foods from Brazil, Mexico, Japan etc. !! Happy eating!!

Everybody Eats Lunch

Sunday, June 29, 3 and 4 p.m.
Children’s Museum Of Manhattan
212 West 83rd Street
(212) 721-1223
FREE with Museum Admission

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Everyone is talking about Everybody Eats Lunch!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Everybody Eats Lunch review in the Miami Herald

McClatchy Newspapers

"Everybody Eats Lunch" (Glitterati Inc., $16), a new book for kids ages 4 to 11, takes a midday-meal trip through five countries. Author and cooking instructor Cricket Azima rounds up kids from Mexico, Brazil, Jamaica, Japan and South Africa. Each shares how to say "lunch" in his or her native language, what time of day it is eaten and whether it is eaten at home with family or at school with friends. Nelly from Jamaica explains in English that his lunch is enjoyed with friends at school at 2 p.m.

As in each of the five little chapters, Nelly shares his Jamaican menu and recipes, including fried plantains, which we share here.

Fried plantains

Serves 4

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 plantains, peeled and cut into {-inch-thick slices

\ teaspoon salt

1. In a medium frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add plantain slices and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.

2. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with salt. (Serve with sour cream or yogurt for dipping.)

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Tampa Tribune

Here is a small but cool blurb about the book in the Tampa Tribune ...enjoy.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

More press!!!

A real treat: 'Everybody Eats Lunch' by Cricket Azima is a lunchbox-shaped book for ages 3 to 8.
Mark Thomson

The world in my lunchbox

A new children's book features international recipes.

Ah, lunchtime. Everyone enjoys this midday break. It's just the thing to tide you over between breakfast in the morning and dinner in the evening.

But, depending on where you live, not all lunchboxes are filled with the same things. What do you usually eat for lunch? Do you have a list of favorite lunch foods? Where and when do you eat? You can answer these questions and see how kids from around the world do the same in a new picture book "Everybody Eats Lunch," written by Cricket Azima and illustrated by Titus V. Thomas.

This lunchbox-shaped book comes complete with a handle for easy toting. On the first page you can write and draw all about what lunchtime is like for you. Turn the page and take a peep at a map of the world with flaps that show you characters from different corners of the globe who eat lunch each day, just like you.

Next, meet cartoon kids from Mexico, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, and Jamaica. They'll tell you their names and how to say "lunch" in their languages. Some of the kids eat lunch at home, while others gobble up their meals at school. They all dig in at different times, too. Lunch can begin as early as 11 in the morning or as late as 2 in the afternoon.

Take a good look at what each boy or girl loves to eat most for lunch. Then comes the best part: Lift out the card showing the colorful drawing of each food to reveal a recipe for how to make it. Ask Mom or Dad to help you gather ingredients and prepare some of the tasty cuisine from each country.

You can sample dishes as distinctive as cactus salad from Mexico and "bunny chow" from South Africa (which actually contains chicken, not bunny!). Or try fried plantains (a banana-like fruit) from Jamaica, onigiri rice balls from Japan, and Brazilian-style rice and beans.

Any way you slice it, "Everybody Eats Lunch" is a treat to read.

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Donna Maurillo writes about Everybody Eats Lunch

Donna Maurillo, Sentinel Staff Writer

Kids cookbook

I received the cutest cookbook written especially for kids. Called "Everyone Eats Lunch," the book is shaped like a lunchbox, including the carrying handle. The pages are heavy cardboard with pop-out pictures of various international foods. Behind each picture there's a recipe for that dish.

The book allows kids ages 4-11 to make lunches from Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Jamaica, and South Africa while teaching them about different cultures. Author Cricket Azima is a culinary professional who specializes in teaching kids about foods, especially in the New York City area.

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Guess who this is?!!

Yes, its "Everybody Eats Lunch" author and The Creative Kitchen's CEO Cricket Azima!!! She already knew what she wanted be when she grew up!!!

Look who else is talking about "Everybody Eats Lunch"!!!

'Everybody Eats Lunch'

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Even the pickiest eaters might enjoy taking a culinary tour around the world with "Everybody Eats Lunch," created and written by professional chef Cricket Azima ($16, Glitterati Inc.).

The interactive, lunchbox-shaped kids' book is educational and playful as it explores culture and ethnic foods typically eaten by kids in Brazil, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico and South Africa. Removable puzzle pieces reveal recipes for international dishes.

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