Books to inspire some recipes…
Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
Jam tarts, hot tea, mock turtle soup and cake that make you grow – the food menu in this book is as bizarre as the storyline. Look for the original drawing by Tenniel with the turtle with a head of a pig – this was the traditional ingredient of the Mock Turtle Soup.
The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear
Read about the Jumblies with green heads and blue hands who like to eat Owl, cranberry tarts and stilton cheese.
Oskar & The Ice Pick (Judy Corbalis)
Oskar and a gorillagram called Henrietta venture to the Himalayas to take deliver an ice pick to Oskar’s mother. Along the way they get captured by Yetis and uncover an evil ice cream plot.
Best Word Book Ever (Richard Scarry)
Everyone loves lists, and this is the best word list ever with pictures. Check out the other Richard Scarry books about What People Do All Day – eye opening if you ever wondered what a lumberjack did for 7.5 hours a day. Plus there are some amazing cars made out of gerkins and corn that the characters ride around in.
The City of Dreaming Books (Walter Moers)
The story of Optimus Yarnspinner, a Lindworm ends up trapped in the catacombs of Bookholm. Great descriptions of ‘bee bread’ a delicacy in the kingdom of Zamonia.
Strega Nona’s Harvest (Tomie de Paola)
A cook and a witch – Strega Nona is best known for her magic pasta pot that covers the entire town in pasta. In this book, Anthony is as impatient as ever as Strega Nona teaches him how to grow vegetables.
Little Honey Bear and the Smiley Moon (Gillian Lobel and Tim Warnes) Lily Long Ears and Little Honey bear are rescued from the snow and fed honey cakes and warm milk. Beautiful illustrations.
Michael Ian Black’s bonkers tale of animals trying to reach honey at the top of a tree. Watch Michael read the story dressed as a chicken.
The Great Honey Hunt (Stanley & Janice Berenstain)
From the 1960s this book is still entertaining as the bears realise their honey pot and the honey shop is empty, forcing them to search for honey – in the wild.
Asterix in Switzerland (Goscinny & Uderzo)
A literary comic gorging of fine foods in this great episode. Crammed full of cheese and wine. Brilliant sketches of characters drunk and covered in cheese. Wine and cheese do’s have never looked so boring.
Finnish cuisine by Moominmama; fish bakes, mulled wine, laundry day soup, mushroom stew and apple grog.