Book Size: 8.25" x 10.25"

Pages: 200

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623719081

Imprint: Crocodile Books

Illustrated by: Nahid Kazemi

Recipes by Sobhi and Tamam al-Zobaidi & Karim Alwawi

Illustrations: Illustrations, color

Ages: 8 - 12

Release date: Fall 2021


Arab Fairy Tale Feasts

A Literary Cookbook

By • Illustrated by Nahid Kazemi • Recipes by Sobhi and Tamam al-Zobaidi & Karim Alwawi

$ 25

Winner of the Saskatchewan Arts Council’s 2021 Wallace Stegner Award 

About this book

An entertaining, multifaceted, and delicious way to explore Arab culture

Arab Fairy Tale Feasts is the latest title in the highly-praised Fairy Tale Feasts Collection, a creative series that folds enchanting folk tales into cookbooks of kid-friendly recipes.

Award-winning writer and storyteller, Karim Alrawi, draws on his deep knowledge of Arab culture to create original stories that are a feast for young imaginations. Told with intriguing details, the tales take young readers on a delicious cultural journey and invite them to consider an Arab perspective. Each tale symbolically incorporates food and concludes with a traditional recipe, lovingly flavored with colorful folkloric illustrations, making this a literary banquet to savor with family and friends across generations time and again.

This charming, whimsical, and beautifully illustrated book will capture children’s fancy and will be enjoyed by the whole family.


About the author

Karim Alrawi was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He went to school in England and after graduation he worked as a writer at several theaters including the Royal Court Theatre and the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Returning to Egypt he taught in the theater department of the American University in Cairo. He wrote four stage plays in Arabic that were produced on the Egyptian stage. His first novel Book of Sands won the inaugural HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction. He is the author of several picture books for children, including The Mouse Who Saved Egypt and The Girl Who Lost Her Smile.


Winner of the Saskatchewan Arts Council’s 2021 Wallace Stegner Award 

“A must-read book … Children’s books are known for a lot of things, but teaching kids how to cook is not one of them. And yet, after reading Karim Alrawi’s book, Arab Fairy Tale Feasts, one wonders, why not? Written by Alrawi in simple, approachable language and with obvious affection and tenderness for his culture, this book includes folk tales that immerse the reader and urge them to consider the Arab perspective. Each story is about food, feasting, and Arab culinary traditions, and concludes with a recipe for a traditional favorite dish, such as mamoul (date-filled cookies), shish taouk (chicken kebab), manakish zaatar (zaatar flatbread), and more. Arab Fairy Tale Feasts is part of a series of children’s books that celebrates the cuisines of different cultures with kid-friendly recipes and heartwarming anecdotes. Grades 4-7” —Vancouver Writers Festival

Praise for the Fairy Tale Feasts Collection

“A fun book for family sharing.” — School Library Journal

“A really nice idea wonderfully fulfilled.” — Kirkus Reviews

“More than just a storybook, more than just a cookbook, this … series promises to bring people together to share food and stories, embodying the spirit of generosity of the tales within.” — Quill & Quire


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