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Children's Nonfiction Cooking & Food

Niam! Cooking with Kids

Inspired by the Mamaqtuq Nanook Cooking Club

by (author) Kerry McCluskey

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Dec 2019
Cooking & Food, General, Diet & Nutrition, Polar Regions
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2019
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 18
  • Grade: k to 12


“Niam” is an Inuktitut word that means “yum,” and the recipes in this book are kid-tested for tastiness—a sure sign that they will live up to the name!

From simple smoothies to jerk chicken to pizza from scratch, there is something in this book for all taste buds and skill sets. All the ingredients are readily available in Nunavut communities, and all the recipes can be made with country food, so kids both north and south can learn how to create the perfect palaugo (a delightful hybrid of pogos and palaugaaq, traditional Inuit bannock) or make a mean meatball.

Inspired by the Mamaqtuq Nanook Cooking Club, this cookbook isn’t just about simple, delicious, kid-friendly recipes. Woven in amongst the tacos and the sugar cookies are ways to use cooking to give back to the community, traditional Inuit knowledge about country food, and lists of skills that kids will develop as they work their way through each recipe. With recipes for even the littlest chef, this book offers the most delicious kind of learning. Niam!

About the author

Kerry McCluskey has been working as a journalist and writer in the Arctic, telling the stories of the North since 1993. In 1999, she began travelling across the Arctic collecting stories, information, photographs, and artwork about ravens from Inuit, First Nations, and non-Aboriginal Northerners alike. Tulugaq, her first book, is the result of this research.

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Editorial Reviews

"You can hear the “Niam” (the “Yum”) practically bounding off the page...this is a delightful and socially conscious cookbook for kids."—School Library Connection

"McCluskey’s cookbook offers kid-friendly recipes while providing a glimpse into the Inuit way of life...So much more than your typical kids’ cookbook!"—Kirkus Reviews

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