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[Saturday Reads] Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook!

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Myra here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just booklove miscellany in general.

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When I found this book in our library by accident, I just know that I would feature it for Saturday Reads. While I confess to not having read the entire book, I figured that this should not stop me from sharing its savory-goodness with you, as it is a perfect fit for our current reading theme on food!

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Jane Yolen has managed to capture episodes from fairy tales that touch on food – from the runaway pancake, to Snow White’s poisoned apple, and Red Riding Hood’s basket of goodies for Grandma – and re-envisioned it through her tales here. Heidi E. Y. Stemple provided the luscious recipes while the illustrations by Philippe Béha are simply divine.

This literary cookbook is divided neatly into a serving of Breakfasts, Lunches, Soups, Dinners, and Desserts. And I thought of sharing a few samplers with you here:

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Of course there has to be eggs for breakfast.

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Just look at Little Red’s deviled eggs! I also thought that the wolf here looked forlorn and quite handsome too. If I were Little Red, I think I would have stopped and talked to him as well, and provided a bit of comfort.

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Do you see how exquisite the artwork is? The Stolen Bread Smells. Hmm.. I wonder who stole them and why?

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Of course, a literary cookbook will not be complete without a story about Stone Soup and its recipe.

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And here is our dessert, courtesy of the Evil Witch from Snow White or Dear Old Stepmother.

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Baked apples. Yum!

How about you, dear friends, what is your favourite fairy tale feast?

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “[Saturday Reads] Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook!

  1. Heading to see if my library has this! 😀

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  2. I must say that I’d always wanted to happen upon the witch’s house of sweets in Hansel and Gretel! Is that one in there?

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