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[BHE 105] Launch of May-June Reading Theme: Makan! Let’s Eat! Kain Tayo! Buffet of Asian Literature


Myra here.

As we just celebrated our 100th Book Hunting Expedition Sundays, we are inviting you, our fellow book hunters to share with us photographs of your favorite bookstores (be it indie, discounted book stores, book cafes, big retail bookshops) and a few of your amazing book finds. While we try as much as we can to find out-of-the-way bookstores in the many cities that we get to visit, we know that we won’t be able to discover so many faraway places in our lifetime. And so we welcome guest posts from anyone who would wish to share their latest bookplace discoveries. Even library finds and pictures of your libraries would be most welcome. Please send your BHE post to gatheringbooks (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Launch of New Reading Theme: Buffet of Asian Literature

Today is also a special day as we are launching our new reading theme from May-June: “Makan! Let’s Eat! Kain Tayo! A Buffet of Asian Literature.” As most of you may know, our May-June themes are usually connected to the Asian Festival of Children’s Content here in Singapore. Since we are having a foodie theme in AFCC this year, we thought it best to highlight that as well on our blog.

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Essentially, we are looking for the following books:

  1. Books with food on them – it doesn’t have to be found on the cover, it doesn’t have to be the main theme, so long as it plays a significant part in the narrative, we are all for it. This means picnics, parties, lunch, dinner, chocolates, fruits and vegetables – from all around the world, not just from Asia.
  2. Stories about chefs, cooking, baking, wine-tasting, cheese (because I love cheese), nachos, and other native delicacies from the world over – doesn’t have to be just from Asia.
  3. ANYTHING in connection to Asian Literature (not just about food) – it’s a smorgasbord of Asian Lit fest! And we’re not just talking about picturebooks and young adult fiction – we also welcome poetry, adult novels, nonfiction – anything remotely connected to Asian literary culture, artwork, and sensibilities.

Book Finds from the Library: Food, Glorious Food!


Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman and illustrations by Charles Vess, Pizza in Pienza by Susan Fillion.


Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.


What a Party by Ana Maria Machado & Helene Moreau.


If you were a chocolate mustache by J. Patrick Lewis and drawings by Matthew Cordell, A Pizza the size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky and drawings by James Stevenson.


Ernest & Celestine: The Picnic by Gabrielle Vincent, and We’re going on a Picnic! by Pat Hutchins.

Asian Literature


Since Middle East is still part of Asia, we’re also including books from this part of the world. Although we’re hoping that we can have a dedicated Middle East theme sometime soon. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Kahn and illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini.


King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan and illustrations by Christiane Kr Mer, A Taste of Freedom: Gandhi and the Great Salt March by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel and illustrated by Giuliano Ferri.

Do you have any suggestions for us, dear friends? Any favourite foodie-themed book? Or Asian titles? Do share with us your book finds over the past weeks too! 

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3 comments on “[BHE 105] Launch of May-June Reading Theme: Makan! Let’s Eat! Kain Tayo! Buffet of Asian Literature

  1. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is one of our favourites! There’s a lot in there we haven’t read yet, though – will have to keep a lookout next time we’re at the library.


  2. I just bought “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs cookbook” for my granddaughter, Myra. It’s has recipes that she can follow, and she and her mom have made several of the recipes. Also, there are three books by Jorge Arguelta that are bi-lingual (English – Spanish) about food: one is Guacamole. What a great theme. I’ll keep looking!


  3. OOOH!!! I’m having love/hate thoughts about this theme. I love food, but I hate that it’ll make me hungry… 😉


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