Eat It! Food Adventures with Marco Polo: Volume One: Leaving Home

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Designed to attract young readers to the fun of cooking and eating more fruits and vegetables, this adventure story and cookbook follows Ottavio Fornero, a pint-sized member of Marco Polo’s expedition, as he discovers wondrous foods through the rich cultural traditions of people along the Silk Road. Ottavio journeys from Venice to the Middle East, sharing 36 easy-to-follow recipes inspired by the trip along the way. By making food an adventure, the book provides parents with an exciting way to read, learn, and cook with their children and share their family’s long-held food traditions while creating new ones. Also included is a medieval world map showing Polo’s actual expedition routes; glossaries of cooking terms, techniques, and utensils; an extensive illustrated history of the ingredients; modern adaptations; and historical trivia.

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Gracie Cavnar is the creator of the award-winning and nationally recognized nonprofit Recipe for Success Foundation. She is a philanthropist and lifelong cook and gardening enthusiast. She lives in Houston. Anni Matsick is an artist for children’s publishing in trade, periodical, and educational materials. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

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“A fabulously fun read and a great way to teach kids about healthy homemade food!”  —Norah O'Donnell , cohost, CBS This Morning, and coauthor, Baby Love

“Wonderful—love the illustrations and how they weave into the recipes.”  —Amanda Hesser, author, The Essential New York Times Cookbook, and editor, Food52

“As her young hero, Tavi, explores his culture through food, young readers will be drawn to do the same by making Cavnar's recipes to share with their families.”  —Lauren Purcell, editor in chief, Every Day with Rachael Ray

“With the colorful adventures of the young 13th century foodie Tavi, Gracie Cavnar cooks up a delicious tale destined to make readers of all ages hungry for more.”  —Molly Glentzer, author, Pink Ladies and Crimson Gents

“To help children navigate a world that doesn’t always encourage the best food choices, we need to equip them with basic food literacy, cooking skills and a spirit of open-mindedness when approaching new foods. Using Marco Polo’s journey as a clever springboard, this book fills that need perfectly and is certain to set young kids sailing on their own food adventures!”  —Bettina Elias Siegel , editor, The Lunch Tray

“It is no surprise to see Gracie Cavnar give us such a beautiful, intelligent vehicle of food knowledge for our children. As a messenger of good, wholesome food around the country, she once again raises the bar for the rest of us.”  —Heather Carlucci, award-winning chef

“The best way to make any kid want to cook dinner!”  —Mimi Swartz, executive editor, Texas Monthly

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