International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World

By Mark Kurlansky and Talia Kurlansky (Bloomsbury USA, $29)

When you’re a celebrated food writer and former foreign correspondent, odds are your pantry is a veritable bazaar of bizarre ingredients and exotic spices. So Mark Kurlansky and his daughter, Talia, decided to take their pantry for a weekly spin: Wherever Talia’s ­finger landed on the globe became that week’s culinary theme. They share a year’s worth of menus — more than 250 mouth-watering recipes from such diverse destinations as Mexico, Mongolia and Morocco. They also serve up a helpful primer on ingredients, tasty tidbits of history and culture from each locale, and reflections on how cooking is always more satisfying with family.

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