It’s common for a cook to have in her kitchen a cookbook or two from another culture—maybe French (largely thanks to Julia Child) and Italian and perhaps Mexican—at least in California.  She may also have one for whatever cultural background she has ties to. But there are zillions of them!  If they were published in North America, they have probably been modified a bit so there are no nonexistent ingredients or requirements for unavailable tools. But they are still full of adventure for your mouth. Try one or two, and spice up your dinner life.

Maybe new tastes will excite in you or the kids a desire to know more about the places they come from. This could be a summer project or a vacation in the making!

Sara Croft - Orphan Treasures, Riverside, CA, USA

African Cookery: A Black Heritage

Annette Merson

African Cookery: A Black Heritage

Each page of this book is decorated with a traditional African pattern. You can try the Ginger Cookies (with Red Pepper) Gesmoorde Vis (Cod and Potatoes with Tomato Sauce), or Segana Dora Wat (Lamb and Chicken). Includes some background on African foods.

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British and Irish Cooking

The Round the World Cooking Library

British & Irish Cooking

You must try the Christmas Cake with Almond Paste and Apricot Glaze, or some Bubble and Squeak (haven’t you always wanted to know what that is?) or an Authentic Irish Lamb Stew.

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Finnish Food

Kirsti Tolvanen

Finnish Food

Typical Finnish meals begin with Smorgasbord—the equivalent of canapés—and we thought it was a whole meal! Then try the Mutton with Dill Sauce or perhaps Braised Reindeer.

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Hopi Indian Cookery

Juanita Tiger Kavena

Hopi Indian Cookery

Includes authentic recipes from the Hopi Reservation including the famous Fry Bread.

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Hungarian Cookbook

Susan Derecskey

Hungarian Cookbook

Two elements help shape the originality of Hungarian cuisine: one, the juxtaposition and mingling of many different cultures through the centuries; and two, the long isolation of much of Hungary from the west. Unique, and at a par with great schools of cooking.

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Japanese Cuisine

John D Keys

Japanese Cuisine

1966 this book is a culinary tour of Japan, with the most famous dishes of each region, then the Tokyo section has recipes with strong traces of Chinese, European and American, an early Fusion cuisine. Try the Eggplant marinated with Ginger or Sashimi of Halibut with Grapefruit and Horseradish.

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Gourmet’s Guide to Jewish Cooking

Bessie Carr

Gourmet's Guide to Jewish Cooking

Includes the dietary laws, and holiday foods. Even a Glossary. Try the Kiddush Sultana Cake or Rossel Fleisch with Latkes or Tschav (Green Borsht).

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Polish Cookery

Marja Ochorowicz-Monatowa

Polish Cookery

Translated from the Polish. Authentic tortes, strudels, and more. Includes Polish dish names.

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Soul Food: Recipes & Reflections from African-American Churches

Joyce White

Soul Food

Directly from African American Churches and their army of good cooks, here are the best recipes from Angel Biscuits or Chitterlings Deluxe to Buttermilk pie, along with stories about the families.

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The Joys of Ethnic Cooking - Russian

Los Angeles Orthodox Club

Not exclusively Russian recipes, but you’ll want to try the Kulich (Russian Easter Bread), Piroshki, and Potato Dumplings.

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