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Cook's Cook

Cook's Cook (Hardback)

Illustrated by Bishop, Gavin

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The 1768 journey of James Cook's Endeavour to the South Pacific told through the eyes of the ship's cook

ISBN 9781776572045
Barcode 9781776572045
Published 1 February 2019 by Gecko Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781776572045
ISBN-10 1776572041
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Publication Date 1 February 2019
International Publication Date 1 October 2018
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) Illustrated by Bishop, Gavin
Category History
Human Geography / Peoples Of The World
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 40
Dimensions Width: 300mm
Height: 250mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 492g
Interest Age 5-9 years
Reading Age 7-8 years
Library of Congress Voyages around the world - Juvenile literature, Cooks - Juvenile literature, Oceania - Juvenile literature - Discovery and exploration
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 910.41
Catalogue Code NZBA25

Description of this Book

Cook's Cook follows the 1768 journey of James Cook's H.M.S. Endeavour with his ship's cook, the one-handed John Thompson, as story teller. Through real recipes, events on board and the places the ship travelled on its way to the Pacific, the book tells multiple stories. Here are stories of social class, hierarchy and race; stories of explorers and the people of the land; the story of one of the world's most famous explorers told through a fresh new lens. And of course, it's a book about food: from Pease Pudding to Goose Pie and Shark Steaks, here's how a resourceful cook fed a shipful of hungry sailors on their extraordinary adventure. This beautiful book is full of information drawn from extensive research alongside evocative illustrations, released in time for the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour's journey.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review With one arm and a hook, John Thompson cooked for the seamen of Lt. James Cook's scientific expedition to the South Seas from 1768 to 1771. New Zealand author/illustrator Bishop offers a crew's-eye view of an early 'round-the-world voyage that sailed from Plymouth, England, across the Atlantic to South America, rounded Cape Horn, circumnavigated New Zealand, and sailed along the coasts of New Holland (Australia), Java, and West Africa before returning to England three years later. The information begins with a front-endpaper cross-section of the overcrowded HMS Endeavour and continues chronologically, as much in the blue-green--and--sepia-toned spreads as in the journallike text. Speech bubbles contain comments from the cook; on torn-parchment insets readers find printed recipes including 'seared shark steaks, ' 'dog and breadfruit stew, ' 'poor knights pudding, ' and the ubiquitous pease porridge. The watercolor-and-acrylic-ink images show the provisions, the sailors at work, the scientists and their servants (including at least one freed slave), scenery, wildlife, and a culminating map of the voyage. Two black servants represent the only people of color depicted aboard the Endeavour; the rest of the crew, including Thompson, present white. Only 56 of the 94 people onboard returned to England; Thompson himself dies before they reach South Africa and follows the rest of the journey as a sea gull--or so the crew believed. No sources are supplied, and libraries beware: The cover flaps obscure interesting facts. Appealing illustrations and the lure of an insider's account make this a delectable adventure. --Kirkus--Journal In summer of 1768, the HMS Endeavor sails out of England with a crew of men aboard and Captain James Cook in command. As they make for the South Pacific, one-handed ship's cook John Thompson narrates, examining the voyage through the food he prepares for the crew. As they travel south from Brazil toward Patagonia, the men catch several albatross, which Thompson serves with prune sauce and ginger. In April, when they reach Tahiti, he whips up a dog and breadfruit stew. By the time they reach the Great Barrier Reef, in the summer of 1770, he's experimenting with turtle soup. Alas, this is an ill-fated journey; most of the crew, including Thompson, succumb to disease ('I now use a very small pot for the pease porridge'). As legend has it, the souls of the men who died turn to seabirds, accompanying the remaining men home. Striking woodcut-style illustrations provide a glimpse into the ups and downs of seafaring life, and Thompson himself offers wry dialogue asides. A unique take on a historical voyage. --Booklist --Website
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Gavin Bishop ONZM, Tainui, Ngati Awa, is a leading New Zealand illustrator. He has published over 70 books internationally and been translated into 12 languages. He has written for television and theatre, as well as a libretti for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. His awards include New Zealand Children's Picture Book of the Year in 2000.

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