Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin (now available from Purple House Press). Or matzo cake which is the center of Max Bakes a Cake byMichelle Edwards, illustrated by Charles Santoso (Random House, 2014) in which Max sets out to make a matzo cake.
Other books include recipes as an add-on or an enrichment element to stories that suggest certain foods but the story would have been essentially the same if any other food had been mentioned.
The type of books range from beginning readers to historical fiction, concept books and contemporary fiction, to folk literature. All types of books lend themselves for including recipes and food.
Wild Berries by Julie Flett (Simply Read Books, 2013)
(A Cree Tale) – Spend the day picking wild blueberries with Clarence and his grandmother. Meet ant, spider, and fox in a beautiful woodland landscape, the ancestral home of the author and illustrator Julie Flett. (Recipe for Blueberry Jam is an “enrichment” element).
Depicts families, from England to California and from 1710 to 2010, preparing Blackberry Fool. Includes recipe and historical notes. (Recipe for Blackberry Fool is an integral part of the story plot) Information about the controversy surrounding the title's depiction of the family representing the 1810 time period.
Provides the background for the term “A Baker’s Dozen” – all which started when an old woman insists that a dozen is thirteen. The folktale was originally published in 2010 but retold and published in this edition in 2017.
When Audrey Faye Hendricks was just nine she heard grown ups plan for wiping out Birmingham’s segregation laws. She joined the protest – she joined the children’s march in Birmingham. The book begins: “Whenever Mike flew into town, Audrey and her Momma COO-OOKED! Barbecued ribs, stewed greens, sweet potato soufflé, and Audrey’s favorite hot rolls baptized in butter. (Historical fiction; Includes the recipe the grown-up Audrey and her sister Jan Hendricks Fuller created in an effort to recreate the rolls made by their mother Mrs. Hendricks).
Annie Ferlock had always thought that Thursday was her lucky day. She won her first cooking contest at age 8 on a Thursday, met the love of her life on a Thursday, married on a Thursday, and each of their two children were born on a Thursday. She is know far and wide for her “poke salad.” But when Mario, Annie’s husband, dies she loses all of her joy and love for cooking – but when kitty appears, things change “Thursday” and Annie has some help creating Ugly Pasta – the dish that makes Annie famous. (Fiction: Recipe for Polacco’s Ugly Pasta is included).
Babe Ruth, Queen Victoria, Cleopatra, and Neil Armstrong share their eating culture. What did they eat? And what did others in different circumstances during their time, eat? It was Abe Lincoln's love of apples that inspired the inclusion of the apple recipe - the pandowdy, in this book.
Cooking with the Grinch: Step Into Reading 1 by Tish Rabe, Illustrated by Tom Brannon. (Random House, 2017) (Link connects to a YouTube reading of this title.)
The Grinch loves to cook. So Does Cindy-Lou. They are making a treat. What next? And for who? (Beginning Reader - Recipe for dog treats – Easy Peasy Pumpkin Dog Treats)
Color Concept book – shows various vegetables with color names. (Includes recipe for “Every Color Soup” – the recipe is not integral to the story but an enrichment addition.)
Read about other books that encourage cooking and extend bonding activities - parent to child, grandparent to grandchild, school involvement and other enrichment activities.
Visit these blog posts or websites to learn about other books that you might enjoy.
Reading Rockets: WETA Public Broadcasting. (2017) Children's books and activities: Cooking and Food. Retrieved from http://www.startwithabook.org/booklists/cooking-and-food
Harris, Elizabeth. (n.d.) Our Favorite Kids' Books About Food. Taste of Home. Retrieved from https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/favorite-kids-books-food/view-all/
Roxas, Andrea. (n.d.) Fun Food from Kids Books. Babble. Retrieved from https://www.babble.com/best-recipes/fun-food-kids-books-childrens-green-eggs-and-ham-harry-potter-recipes/
Hennessy, Caroline. (2016 Nov 30) Fairytale feast of recipes inspired by children's books. Irish Examiner. Retrieved from https://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/fairytale-feast-of-recipes-inspired-by-childrens-books-432890.html (features a few connections featuring classics and Spiced hot chocolate, Swedish ginger snaps, home baked beans, and roast eggs. Books are classics but not necessarily fairy tales.)
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