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Bilal Cooks Daal

Written by Aisha Saeed & illustrated by Anoosha Syed
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Six-year-old Bilal introduces his friends to his favorite dish—daal!—in this charming picture book that showcases the value of patience, teamwork, community, and sharing. Six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad make his favorite food of all-time: daal! The slow-cooked lentil dish from South Asia requires lots of ingredients and a whole lot of waiting. Bilal wants to introduce his friends to daal. They’ve never tried it! As the day goes on, the daal continues to simmer, and more kids join Bilal and his family, waiting to try the tasty dish. And as time passes, Bilal begins to wonder: Will his friends like it as much as he does? This debut picture book by Aisha Saeed, with charming illustrations by Anoosha Syed, uses food as a means of bringing a community together to share in each other’s family traditions.

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5.0 / 7.0

This is a great book to help introduce kids to new cuisine, and the idea that even though some food (or something else) may be foreign to them, and even initially seem or smell a bit funny or different… it might actually be delicious. The twinges of anxiety that Bilal feels about how his friends will react to the daal (will they like it as much as he does?!) give us a chance to feel empathy for those who are different than us as well.

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Who Wrote Bilal Cooks Daal

Aisha Saeed

Aisha Saeed is the author of <i>Written in the Stars</i>, which was listed as a best book of 2015 by Bank Street Books, a 2016 YALSA Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers, and named one of the top ten books all Young Georgians Should Read in 2016. She is also the author of the middle grade novel <i>Amal Unbound</i>, which has received starred reviews from <i>Publishers Weekly</i> and <i>Kirkus Reviews</i> and is a Global Read Aloud for 2018. She is also the author of the picture book <i>Bilal Cooks Daal</i>. Aisha is also a founding member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books. She has been featured on MTV, <i>Huffington Post</i>, NBC, and the BBC, and her writings have appeared in publications including the journal <i>ALAN</i> and the <i>Orlando Sentinel</i>.

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Who Illustrated Bilal Cooks Daal

Anoosha Syed

Hi, my name is Anoosha Syed!

I’m a Pakistani-Canadian freelance illustrator + character designer for animation, based in Toronto.

I graduated with a BFA in Illustration at Ceruleum: Ecole d’arts Visuels in Lausanne, Switzerland.

I also co-host a podcast called The Art Corner.

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