Exercise 1


Markets can be the best places to see the daily life of a city and to eat some fantastic local food. Today, read about different markets around the world.


If you want to buy food and learn how to cook it at the same time, go to the Union Square Greenmarket in New York. It’s open four days a week and it has about 250,000 customers. Farmers from all of New York State sell food there. You can find different kinds of fruit and vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and tomatoes. The farmers show the best ways to cook the food and you can even try the dishes they make for free!


Italian food is famous all over the world. You can find pasta and a pizza restaurant in almost any city but one of the best places to try it is in Modena, Italy. There you can find the Mercato Albinelli. It’s not a big market, but the food’s amazing. Many Italians go there to buy some fresh pasta made by hand – you can’t get better pasta anywhere else! You can also buy fresh meat, fruit and vegetables and, of course, fantastic cheese and bread.


In the centre of Moscow on Tverskaya Street, you can visit a beautiful and historic building. Inside there’s Yeliseyevsky’s Food Hall, a large market with things to eat and drink. From chocolate to fish, you can find just about anything at Yeliseyevsky’s. For Russians, it’s a popular place to go for a quick snack. Many tourists also visit because it’s fun to go and look at the beautiful building and try some interesting food. It’s open 24 hours a day, so you can’t ever be hungry!

A. Read World markets and match 1—3 with pictures a—c.

B. Read the sentences. Where is each person?

RON   I love freshly baked bread – it’s still warm.

MAGGIE   I really only need a snack, but look at all the food I can buy!

SARAH   Now I know a new way to cook these vegetables.



1 b   2 a   3 c


Ron is at the Mercato Albinelli in Modena.

Maggie is at Yeliseyevsky’s Food Hall in Moscow.

Sarah is at the Union Square Greenmarket in New York.

Exercise 2


Hi Dad,

When you come to London next week, I want to take you for dinner. Would you like to go to Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant Dinner? It looks fun and I can pay! Do you remember my friend, Pete? Well, he goes to Dinner every time his parents are in town. He always has the ­fish dish and he says it’s amazing! And his mum says the brown bread ice cream is great, too. I really want to take you there!


Re: visit

Hi Josh,

Thanks for the invitation to Dinner. I know about that guy Blumenthal from TV. His food is interesting and it’s certainly a bit unusual. But really I’m happy to go to a normal restaurant and have some roast chicken and boiled potatoes, like your mum makes at home. Or I’m also ­ ne with a can of soup at your place. It’s a nice idea to go to the restaurant, but you don’t need to do anything special for me.


A. Read Josh’s email to his father. Answer the questions.

1   Who lives in London – Josh or his dad?

2   Which restaurant does Josh want to go to?

3   Why does Josh want to go to this restaurant?

B. Read his dad’s reply. Does he want to go to Dinner?

C. Read his dad’s email again. What does he think about these things? Underline the correct answers.

 Heston Blumenthal’s food: boring / different

 His wife’s food: normal / strange

 The restaurant: expensive for him / expensive for Josh



1   Josh lives in London.

2   He wants to go to Dinner.

3   Because his friend Pete goes there every time his parents are in town.


No, he doesn’t.


1   different

2   normal

3   expensive for Josh

Exercise 3

Jake cooks!

Hi everyone and welcome to my cooking blog.

I’m not a good cook, but I want to become better. I just want to learn how to cook simple dishes and eat well. I don’t want to cook dif­ficult things and I don’t want to be a famous chef. In this blog, I want to tell you about the help I get from my family and friends and the things I try out. So if you want to be a better cook, but not a chef, then maybe I can help you!


My food – shared!

Do you like the idea of cooking dinner for friends? Here are my ideas for planning a dinner for friends – I hope you find them useful …

First, think about how many people you want to invite. Don’t invite too many – I think four people is a good number.

Next, ring or email to invite your friends and all agree on a night that’s good for everyone.

After that, decide on your menu. Only choose food that you know how to prepare. Don’t choose new and dif­ficult dishes – it’s just too hard. Your friends know that you are not a chef and your house is not a restaurant!

Finally, on the day of the dinner, you need a lot of time to prepare everything – the food and the table. (The weekend is good because you have all day to prepare.) If everything is ready before your guests arrive, you can enjoy the dinner much more.

Cooking for friends can be easy and fun. I hope it is for you!

A. Read Jake cooks! Who is it for?

 People who know how to cook very well.

 People who want to learn how to cook.

B. Read My food – shared!. What does Jake talk about?

a   the food he eats

b   planning a dinner

C. Read My food – shared! again. Are the sentences true or false? Correct the false sentences.

 Jake hopes the blog can help other people plan dinner for friends.

 It’s not a good idea to invite a lot of people for dinner.

 It’s always fun to try a new dish because friends can tell you if it’s good or not.

 Decide the night of the dinner and then tell your friends.

 It helps to do all the cooking before your friends come.



b   People who want to learn how to cook


b   planning a dinner




 F (It’s too hard to try new dishes.)

 F (Ring or email to invite your friends and all agree on a night that’s good for everyone.)


Exercise 4

Fresh fruit and vegetables too expensive?

Why not grow your own?

1   We all know that it’s good for us to eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables. But it can be expensive, especially if you have a big family.

2   Why not grow your own? It’s cheap, it’s easy and it’s fun! You don’t even need much space – a box in the window is enough to grow some salad.

3   Rob Green has a vegetable garden at his house in Cambridge. He says, ‘It can be hard work sometimes, but I love it. I grow lots of di­fferent vegetables, for example carrots, onions and beans. It saves me a lot of money, and the vegetables I grow are better than anything you can buy in the shops.’

4   His garden has an apple tree and a pear tree. The apples aren’t very sweet, but he bakes them with brown sugar, and the family eat them for dessert with ice cream. Rob also grows strawberries, and usually makes a few jars of jam each summer. ‘I’d like to make more,’ he says. ‘The only problem is that after the children see the strawberries, there aren’t many left!’

5   Rob often cooks with his children, and he says that it’s good for them to see where their food comes from too. ‘Children need to know that it doesn’t just arrive in packets in the supermarket.’

A. Read the magazine article. Complete each sentence with the correct paragraph number.

a   Paragraph …4… talks about the fruit Rob grows.

b   Paragraph ……… talks about how healthy it is to eat fruit and vegetables.

c   Paragraph ……… talks about the vegetables Rob grows.

d   Paragraph ……… talks about how good it is for children to see how we grow food.

e   Paragraph ……… gives reasons to grow your own food.

B. Read the article again. Are the sentences true or false?

 It is expensive to grow your own vegetables.

 You don’t need a lot of space to grow a few vegetables.

 Rob Green doesn’t like growing vegetables because it’s hard work.

 He thinks his vegetables are better than vegetables in shops.

 He gets apples and oranges from his trees.

 He cooks the apples he grows.

 His children eat a lot of the strawberries.

 His children think that vegetables always come from the supermarket.

C. Write about the fruit and vegetables you eat. Think about these questions:

•   What types of fruit and vegetables do you eat most often?

•   What are your favourite vegetables?

•   What is your favourite fruit?

•   Do you think fruit and vegetables are expensive?

•   Where do you get them from?

•   Do you grow any fruit or vegetables yourself or do you know anyone who does?



b 1   c 3   d 5   e 2


True: 2, 4, 6, 7; False: 1, 3, 5, 8

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