What’s Your Dewey? 641.59 What’s Cooking in World Cuisine

According to singer/song writer Brett Dennen, ‘Food is the great equaliser …the thing that we all share in common’. Yes, at a very basic level, we all must eat, but do we eat the same things? One way to explore World Cuisine through Dewey is to approach it  by location – by nation or continent. While it can be fascinating to browse recipes and food culture in this way, a more comparative approach is possible at the 641.59s.

I thought I might begin my World Cuisine journey by trying to pinpoint key food cultures around the world.

Cover image for Food atlas : discover all the delicious foods of the world / Giulia Malerba, Febe Sillani ; translator, Sharon Morin.

Food atlas : discover all the delicious foods of the world by Giulia Malerba & Febe Sillani explores the world’s flavours across six continents, islands and oceans, to discover food origins and their evolution to current recipes. Although the target audience is older children, this extensively illustrated text comprehensively presents the ‘gastronomical wonders of the world’, with maps that show their global movements, cultural significance and the ways in which characteristically regional foods compare and relate.

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International Cuisine by Jeremy-MacVeigh was written with the intent to place foods and the culinary arts in their cultural and historical context, in an effort to create more authentic cuisines. The book is organised into four geographic regions and the individual cuisines represented. Each chapter includes historical culinary influences, unique components, recipes and common terms and ingredients. Well illustrated with maps, foods and techniques, International cuisine is not only a great resource for anyone interested in a more holistic and comparative approach to the topic, it is also a well organised instructional text for those working in the food industry. You can preview a copy here: International Cuisine

The story of food : an illustrated history of everything we eat  foreword by Giles Coren, covers over 100 foods in ten chapters that include the major food types, and associated human efforts to source, develop and use them for physical and cultural sustenance. Food types include Nuts and Seeds, Fruits and Vegetables, Meat, Fish, Grains, Dairy, Sugars, Oils, Herbs and Spices. Sumptuously illustrated, this book explores all aspects of a food’s history and provides a solid reference for further research. Detailed without being comprehensive, The story of food may not be a book to read in one sitting but rather something that is best approached in may sittings.


The seven culinary wonders of the world by Jenny Linford looks at seven ingredients in world cuisine that are often cited as being the most significant across the world: rice, salt, honey, pork, tomato, chili and cacao. People are preoccupied with food and the seven ingredients listed in this book, represent the most widely and consistently used foods in a vast array of cuisines through history, and across the continents. The reason behind this use becomes apparent when the ingredients are placed in a historical and regional context, that must include each of the ingredients’ journey across the planet. Rice is a staple that was developed from wild grasses. Essential to our bodies, salt is available on land and sea. Human desire for things sweet is easily satisfied by honey that was initially harvested from wild bee hives. Pork, is a major source of protein and is currently the most widely eaten meat worldwide, however in Australia, (and a growing number of other countries), chicken is the most widely consumed. As a versatile food, the tomato is used in many cuisine’s around the world. Chillies provide taste and heat that have become synonymous with curries and salsas and cacao is essential to chocolate making. The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World provides rich and diverse stories that surround these ingredients and presents them in a number of traditional and innovative recipes. Line and pencil drawings illustrate sections of the book, which includes a comprehensive index.
You can preview here: Seven Culinary Wonders of theWorld

Cover image for Around the world in 80 food trucks : easy & tasty recipes from chefs on the road / written by Kate Armstrong [and 37 others].

Street food is increasingly the go-to representative world cuisine travellors explore, and Around the world in 80 food trucks : easy & tasty recipes from chefs on the road by Kate Armstrong [and 37 others], is Lonely Planet’s take on ’80 fast, fresh and mouthwatering recipes from the most exciting chefs on four wheels’. The rise of food trucks can be attributed to global financial crises, when traditional chefs were being retrenched and the food truck became a way to develop and present a different way of dining. Recipes for some of the street foods presented are also included in the book  – crowd-pleasing dishes from food trucks in Berlin, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Lima, London, Melbourne, New York City and Adelaide.


Of course not everyone has the opportunity to travel far from home but in a country rich in cultural diversity, Australia provides many opportunities for exploring world cuisines. Flavours of Australia by Smudge Publishing  includes indigenous ingredients, local produce and over 500 pages of stories and recipes  from iconic venues that have helped develop the unique cuisine we enjoy.  Attractively photographed, you can take a peek here: Flavours of Australia

I have just taken a quick culinary tour of world cuisine and am fascinated about the similarities and differences in food use and culture, highlighted by this quick romp of the 641.59s. Of course, there are many ways to explore world cuisines throughout the 641s, if you wish to drill down to individual countries, but I do warn you – don’t do it on an empty stomach!



How Does That Work? Different Languages in the Catalogue

Did you know that English is not the only language supported in both our physical and digital library collections? We have a variety of languages available from all over the state, sometimes making up significant parts of some library’s collections to cater for their local communities.

Do you speak another language at home and would like something to read or maybe you’re learning a language and would like to practice your comprehension, we encourage you to come into the library so we can assist you with your search. We can request books in your chosen language which can be sent to either of our library locations; Gawler Civic Centre or Evanston Gardens for you to collect.

Are you heading overseas and looking to add to your immersive experience by learning the language? We have access to hundreds of language learning options as text, CD or DVD for you to borrow from any location that is convenient to you. Alternatively if you’re already on your way to the airport and looking for something to download and read on your flight, our eBook and eAudiobook app Libby is a great option for language learning.

Or you may be interested in something more local to Australia like our Aboriginal language or Auslan (Australian Sign Language) titles. There are many titles available in our state-wide collection and we can assist you with your request.

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Have a look through our catalogue today and log in using your library barcode number and PIN or next time you’re in either of our library locations, ask one of our staff to assist you with your search. Just imagine how great it would be to have a more inclusive community by learning a language as well as giving yourself a whole new way to communicate.

Recent Additions: Diversity and Inclusion

Each year in March, people around Australia “celebrate our cultural diversity by living the Harmony Week message everyone belongs”. This month’s Recent Additions will focus on items new to our libraries that support this message of inclusivity.

Australia Day by Melanie Cheng is the Adult Fiction winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for 2018. This is a collection of short stories, that explore diverse Australian characters whether they are Chinese or Muslim, young or old, rich or poor. As the blurb says, the common thread is “the desire we all share to feel that we belong”.

Author, Alice Pung describes this as “a wonderful book, a book with bite.” While Michelle Wright says “Melanie Cheng’s stories are a deep dive into the diversity of humanity. They lead you into lives, into hearts, into unexplored places, and bring you back transformed.”


Follow this link to read more about this fresh new writer.

Set in Japan and Taiwan Plum Rains is the story of a Filipino nurse that is both science fiction and historical fiction. This is not only a book about people, but how World War 1 and Japanese colonialism have left a legacy upon the culture.

In our Children’s Fiction collection you can find a short 48 page story of a 14 year old Palm Island girl whose Aunty and Uncle have helped to get her to a mainland boarding school. Two Ways Strong is full of authentic voices, Aboriginal, Islander, and non-indigenous, all sharing their stories. Read a
review of the book by clicking on the link.

Another title that has just hit our shelves in the Teen Non-Fiction, is a collection of short stories edited by Amra Pajalic and Demet Divaroren. Growing up Muslim in Australia introduces us to twelve widely diverse Australians, from boxer to lawyer, and beauty queen, all of whom have grown up Muslim. This book explodes stereotypes as it explores gender, faith, family, careers and all the influences that shape identity.

Two Recently Arrived DVD’s that can be found in our Civic Centre Library are: Nyoongar Footy Magic and Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy

This Nyoongar Footy Magic series uses interviews and game footage to tell the story of how the “Nyoongar people mastered Australian Rules football and used it as a way to build respect, pride and employment for their people.”
Watch the trailer of this series below.

Westwind is described by Nick Cave on the cover blurb as “A haunting and important film about one man’s heroic quest to keep the ancient knowledge of his culture alive, through the power of song” .
Watch the trailer below

We hope you find some something in our libraries to enjoy celebrating diversity and inclusivity this month. Don’t forget you can access our catalogue to find or place holds on any of the titles mentioned above by clicking the link on the title name.