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Kalamata's Kitchen

Kalamata's Kitchen

Illustrated by Jo Kosmides Edwards


Kalamata's Kitchen

About the Book

Follow Kalamata and her alligator sidekick on the first of many exciting food adventures in a charming story about facing fears and overcoming back-to-school jitters.

Product Details

On sale: July 20, 2021
Age: 4-8 years
Grade: Preschool - 3
Page count: 40 Pages
ISBN: 9780593307915
Reading level: Lexile: AD760L | Fountas/Pinnell: N

Author Bio

Sarah Thomas is the co-creator and Chief Imaginator of Kalamata's Kitchen, but she considers her title of Professional Try-Things-Twicer the most important of all. Sarah grew up surrounded by the delicious scents and flavors of her mother's Indian Kerala cuisine. Her love of food and storytelling led Sarah to the hospitality industry, and though she was a sommelier for years, these days she's focused on introducing Kalamata and her Taste Buds to as many new friends as possible.

Derek Wallace is the creator of Kalamata's Kitchen. He spent sixteen years working in sales and marketing leadership, until in 2016, he realized how much he wanted to inspire his son, Henry, to experience the world through the lens of food. So, he came up with the idea of a little girl named Kalamata, and has devoted himself to introducing her to the world ever since.

Jo Kosmides Edwards is the Doodling Dynamo of Kalamata's Kitchen. She thinks of herself as a maker with a love for creating in many mediums, including books, murals, and fine art. Her love of food started as child in her father's restaurant, where she earned the reputation of "the kid who would try anything."


“Kalamata’s Kitchen is an inspiring picture book for the next generation of curious eaters and courageous cooks.” –Bon Appétit
"A beautifully illustrated, lyrical picture book" –Kirkus Reviews

“This picture book sweetly portrays one child finding comfort in her heritage.” –Publishers Weekly

“[Reminds] readers to remember all the ways they are brave every day, even in their imaginations. This helps prepare for new experiences with confidence rather than anxiety.” –Booklist