Cook’s Cook: The Cook Who Cooked for Captain Cook

Book Author & Illustrator Gavin Bishop
Rights Available World excl. World English

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.

FINALIST Russell Clark Award for Illustration – 2019 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

About the Author
Gavin Bishop
, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
(ONZM), Tainui, Ngāti 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 the New Zealand Children’s Picture Book of
the Year multiple times, the Sir Kingi Ihaka award for lifetime
contribution to Māori art and culture, and the Prime Minister’s
Award for Literary Achievement – Non Fiction.


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Age range
5-10 years

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Rights Available:
World excl. World English

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Anja Mundt, Mundt Agency

China & Taiwan
ShuHuai (China)
Sushin (Taiwan)

Ayşenur Müslümanoğlu, AnatoliaLit

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Recognizing the blood, sweat, and years given by the lesser known people who made the journey possible.

BYU Children's Book & Media

A unique angle; a generous format and top-quality production standard;
salient and high-interest details; succinct text and appealing illustrations.

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What may be the best New Zealand food history book of recent times

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