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.
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!
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:
Of course there has to be eggs for breakfast.
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.
Do you see how exquisite the artwork is? The Stolen Bread Smells. Hmm.. I wonder who stole them and why?
Of course, a literary cookbook will not be complete without a story about Stone Soup and its recipe.
And here is our dessert, courtesy of the Evil Witch from Snow White or Dear Old Stepmother.
Baked apples. Yum!