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WIISINIWAN -- Food Recipes


  • An extensive set of links on Child & Teen Nutrition -- from Kansas State University.
  • Good Nutrition For Kids & Teens -- From the Child Development Institute.
  • CNN - Food and Health News Main Page -- More on general health articles and tips than food, but thre are also complete scripts of shows that have aired since last fall (which don't make that much sense without some kind of pix, at leaxt some still frames). There's also topic descriptions of upcoming shows, mostly broadcast on Saturdays.
  • NOT ON LINE: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks, from Lerner Publishing, Minneapolis, 800/328-4929 for their interesting catalog of K-12 books. So far there are 28 of these (none Native American--French, Swiss, German, Vietnamese, Korean, African, Australian). They're hardbound, but not sturdily enough for real kitchen cookbooks, 48-52 pages, very well illustrated with large color photos of what it should look like (if it comes out right) and process illustrations. The type is large. After an ingredients list, the process is step-by-numbered-step, with pix or diagrams for any hard parts. There's a metric conversion chart and safety hints in each book, just in case imaginative math/science teachers have a taste for using recipes (especially for work on fractions). Especially easy for cooking in a classroom setting is Ethnic Cooking the Microwave Way. The 1992 Vegetarian Cooking Around the World is also noteworthy. The Thai, Russian, Lebanese, and Hungarian cookbooks are also Social Studies -- background about the countries, cultures, histories. Grade 5+.
  • NOT ON LINE: Foods We Eat Grades 1-4 series (Apples, Beans and Peas; Butter and Cheese; Chocolate; Citrus Fruits; Fish; Meat; Pasta and Rice; Sugar; Vegetables) -- all 32 pages, hardbound, $17.50, 25% school discounts.) Lerner Publishing, Minneapolis, 800/328-4929 for catalog. This series was begun in 1989; they're still adding to it. But I recommend much more highly the newer Food Facts Grades 2-5 series which they're still working on. This has much better nutrition/health info than the earlier series. It's been planned for elementary science (both authors are experienced, many high-quality, K-6 science books). On the Menu (in production) are 32-page hrdbound books on: Additives; Fats; Fiber; Proteins; Sugars; Vitamins Books of this series set on the table so far are by either Jane Inglish or Rhoda Nottridge -- the latter a principal in CarolRhoda Books, basically a couple of highly productive local children's book authors who seem to have been "acquired" by Lerner as a production team. Of course I haven't seen these books yet, but I've seen others by these authors. Based on that, I recommend these highly when available. All will list for $17.50, with Lerner's usual 25% school discounting applied to that price.

--Frybread--Tasty Symbol of all-Indian unity
--Native cookbooks --Nutrition info, cookbooks for kids
--Wild rice recipes --Maple sugar/syrup recipes
--Corn, hominy, cornmeal -- Beans and Greens
--Squash, pumpkin --Deermeat, Meat
--Fish, birds --Fruit and Berries
--Herbal Teas, Culinary Herbs --Xocoatl (Chocolate), Aztecs (and south) YUM!

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CREDITS: Page logo of bear stars constellation (big dipper and others) is probably drawn in black ink by Norval Morrisseau, Gull Lake Anishnabg artist, founder of Medicine Painting style. It was donated to Akwesasne Notes in 1974 and used only once: to put a medicine sign under an article by AIM leader John Trudell, about cleaning ourselves up physically and spiritually from alcohol and other non-Indian vices. I recovered it as part of my saving Notes Great Period art project, traced in FreeHand and colored for thes pages. I drew the starmoon. Translation note: Wiisiniwan, the Anisnaabemowin word for recipes topping this page, might really be better interpreted as "Skill or talent for making food good to eat.".

Webmistress --Paula Giese.Text and graphics copyright 1995, 1996.

Last Updated: Friday, July 05, 1996 - 12:55:22 AM