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RAMEN FOR EVERYONE Picture Book Review

Note: Thank you to the publisher of Ramen for Everyone for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own.

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When some people hear the word “ramen,” they envision prepacked dried noodles that have become a staple in college dorms and homes. But ramen is so much more.

This popular Japanese noodles dish, believed to be of Chinese origin, has a rich history spanning over a century. Traditionally served with a thick broth simmered from meat, bones, and vegetables, ramen can be topped with egg, pork, fish cakes (kamaboko), green onions, and sea vegetables like seaweed.

In the new picture book RAMEN FOR EVERYONE written by Patricia Tanumihardja and illustrated by Shiho Pate, a young boy named Hiro aspires to make the perfect bowl of ramen just like his dad who learned from his own dad. But when things don’t go according to plan, Hiro feels frustrated and sad.

With encouragement from his dad, Hiro tries again and puts his own unique spin on each bowl of ramen that he makes for his family members. Hiro realizes that his ramen doesn’t need to be perfect, and with practice and patience, his ramen-making skills will evolve.

Colorful and expressive illustrations capture the action and energy of Hiro and his dad as they make this special dish. Resources in the back of the book include the history of this noodle, suggested kitchen rules, and an easy miso ramen recipe.

This wonderful book will not only make young readers hungry for ramen but will also invite them to learn more about Japanese culture.

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Where to Purchase the Book

RAMEN FOR EVERYONE is ideal for readers ages 4-8 years old. Purchase the book on Amazon and other online and in-store booksellers.

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Three lucky readers will win a copy of RAMEN FOR EVERYONE [Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster] via this giveaway hosted by Bicultural Mama. Please enter via the entry form below. This giveaway is open to entrants ages 18+ years old with a U.S. mailing address (no P.O. Boxes). Good luck!

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About the Author

Patricia Tanumihardja CookingBorn in Indonesia and raised in Singapore, Patricia TanumOneihardja writes about food, travel, and lifestyle through a multicultural lens and especially enjoys covering topics that converge on food, history, and culture. Pat has been published in edibleSeattle, Monterey County Weekly, Sunset, and Saveur.

Her new cookbooks “Asian Pickles at Home” and “Instant Pot Asian Pressure Cooker Meals” are now available. “Farm to Table Asian Secrets–Vegan and Vegetarian Full-Flavored Recipes for Every Season” was published in 2017. “The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook–Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens” was published in 2009.

Please visit ediblewords.com, Facebook.com/ediblew0rds, or follow her on Twitter @ediblewords and Instagram @ediblewords.

About the Illustrator

Shiho Pate was born in Hokkaido, Japan, and raised in Aichi. She received her degree in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and worked for indie gaming studios before she started making children’s books. Shiho lives in Southern California, where she loves hunting with her daughter and husband for new ramen restaurants. Visit her at ShihoPate.com or @ShihoPate on Instagram and @shihopate on Twitter.

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