Just Imagine

Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street

Authored by Felicita Sala
Published by Scribble

What a delectable treat of a picture book, crammed full of recipes from around the world!

The residents of 10 Pomegranate Street are all busy cooking, and their recipes mirror their culture. Pilar is whizzing up tomatoes to make salmorejo, a chilled soup from Southern Spain. Mr Singh is making delicious coconut dahl while Jeremiah makes chocolate chip cookies. Down the hall, Mrs Greenpea is rolling out pastry to make mini quiches, and Mr Ibrahim prepares baba ganoush.

Felicita Sala is well known for her outstanding illustration work and each beautiful page shows the preparation and ingredients, in colour pencil and watercolour, and includes a simple recipe, so the reader can make the dish themselves.

When all is ready, the householders gather in the garden and share their dishes in the sunshine. Everyone is welcome, and we are invited to pull up a chair. Who could resist?

Originally printed in French, but newly translated, this would be a wonderful book to share with a class as part of a project on food, or diversity and culture. The recipes are irresistible and children would enjoy finding out about their provenance as well as making them. The idea of sharing food as a way of overcoming barriers is wonderful and could lead to children sharing recipes from their own culture.

Now do excuse me while I go and make some green rice…