I enjoy reading about food in fiction. Don’t you? In the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, a reader can enjoy churning butter with Ma, making molasses-on-snow candy with Mary, and eating buckwheat pancakes with Laura. The author does a great job of “show don’t tell,” so the reader can almost taste the deliciousness of the food. There’s even a Little House Cookbook so hungry readers can recreate these food items in their own modern kitchens.
Or what about Kenneth Graham’s, The Wind in the Willows? I love how he describes the animals’ picnic lunch with “sausage singing with garlic, the cheese that lay down and cried.” He even notes that “packing the picnic basket is not quite such pleasant works as unpacking the basket,” when it’s time to eat.
So what’s your favorite kids’ book resplendent with food? The Harry Potter books with creamy butter beer and other dining room delectables? The foresty feasts in the Redwall series? There’s even a Nancy Drew Cookbook with tasty recipes for cooks of all ages.
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