Sara and Sammy Baunoch had already created their own culinary community online, combining cooking and culture in a weekly Web series called “Sup.” In each episode, they make different dishes from around the world, showing the process live on Instagram and then posting a tutorial on YouTube.
Then this past year, their culinary efforts culminated in a book. Written by Sara, 15, and illustrated by Sammy, 13, “Snackation” is a snack travel guide that takes readers on 10 of the Baunoches’ favorite snackations, such as Hawaii, Tanzania, Denmark and Spain.
The goal is to encourage adults and children alike to embark on snackations of their own, Sammy says.
“We want to teach everybody about cultures from around the world in our own way, and food is the best way to do that because we all eat food,” he says.
It’s even helped earn them a coveted spot on an episode of the Food Network’s “Chopped” called “It’s a Sibling Thing.”
“We have always wanted to go on a cooking show together. It was so cool when we found out they were doing a sibling episode, because usually kids go on the show alone,” Sara says.
It took the duo 10 months to create their book. Sammy says his favorite “Snackation” recipe is gazpacho, which can be slurped from a spoon or gulped from a glass, while Sara’s favorite is a traditional Japanese dessert called mochi. One day she hopes to make a cookbook filled with her favorite desserts, with sweet treats like red velvet and black bottom cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies.
Sammy already has an idea for the next book collaboration. “This one will include soups from around the world,” he says.
Outside of the kitchen, they both enjoy playing guitar and soccer, hanging out with friends and playing with their dog, Lilly. Sara currently attends the Baltimore School for the Arts, where she is studying classical guitar, while Sammy, who is home schooled, interns at The Point, a restaurant in Towson.