Published by Salaam Reads/Simon and Schuster
Summary: Bilal invites his friends over for dinner to sample some of the daal his father is cooking. The kids help get things started, but when his friends think the ingredients look and smell funny, Bilal is worried. Dad starts the cooking, then tells them to go outside to play, as it will take a long time. They have fun together playing hopscotch, swimming, and hiking, but after each activity, they stop back at Bilal’s to check on the daal, only to hear “Daal takes time”. Finally, as the sun sets, the daal is almost ready. It’s time for Dad and the kids to add some herbs and spices, then sit down to eat it with some naan and rice. Bilal can breathe a sigh of relief as his friends dig in and give the dinner two thumbs up. Includes an author’s note and recipe for chana daal. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Suffice it to say that this very cute book has inspired me to plan on trying out the recipe myself next week.
Cons: The recipe doesn’t specify how many servings it makes. I may be eating daal all week.