Books can invoke some very special memories of good times together. This week’s What to Read Wednesday is sure to make you nostalgic, because it is all about food and cooking books! Join me as I share some of my favorite books about food and cooking!
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Some of my favorite books from my childhood revolve around food. There were non-fiction books about the food of different times and nations and cookbooks that helped me prepare food and picture books with stories about food. There are so many great books about cooking and food! So I’m going to give you a big ol’ list of books today. See if any of these books bring back memories like they did for me!
|Blueberries for Sal – Robert McCloskey
This is one of my all-time favorites. I love when the babies are discovered by the moms and the adults are the ones afraid of even very small people and bears.
|Jamberry – Bruce Degen
A cute poem about berries of all kinds! This book has absolutely beautiful illustrations, and would go great with a unit study on berries along with Blueberries for Sal.
|Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs – Judy Barrett
Who hasn’t read this one (or at least seen the movie?) What would it be like if food fell from the sky like rain? It might not be as great as it sounds!
|Potato – A Tale from the Great Depression – Kate Lied
I fell in love with this book when I read it. A young girl tells the story of how they survived the Great Depression by picking up the leftover potatoes in the field at night.
|Dim Sum for Everyone – Grace Lin
This is a simple but sweet book about Chinese culture in Dim Sum restaurants. We will be reading this one when we get to Chinese culture.
|Fortune Cookie Fortunes – Grace Lin
Another great addition to a Chinese culture study. In this book a young girl wonders if fortunes really come true.
|Stone Soup – Marcia Brown
This one is a classic from my childhood, and I have now shared it with my own kids. Such a great story about how working together makes things better.
|Muncha Muncha Muncha – Candace Fleming
This adorable book tells the gardening adventures of Mr. McGreely, and how he keeps the bunnies from munching all of his carrots. This book reminded me of the classic Peter Rabbit series.
|How to Bake a Book – Ella Burfoot
Although this book is not really about food, I had to include it because it is so cute. It describes the ingredients that make up a good book.
|Gregory the Terrible Eater – Mitchell Sharmat
I read this book so many times as a kid I could almost quote it to you! I thought it was cool because my brother’s name was Gregory. Gregory is a picky eater who only wants veggies and cereal and juice – not the good food goats should eat. So his mom and dad take him to the doctor.
| Tough Cookie – David Wisniewski
This tough cookie is just trying to stay alive after his partner gets a bite taken out of him. He finds out sometimes it’s better to be a smart cookie… I enjoyed this book probably more than the kids did. There are lots of colloquialisms and humor in this book that a kid might not understand. But it’s an enjoyable book either way!
|How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
I couldn’t leave this classic book off the list! We love to read this book and then study all of the places mentioned in the book. And then after that, make an apple pie!
I couldn’t do a “What to Read Wednesday” about food and cooking without including some cookbooks. Rella loves to cook, so I try to make sure we include cooking in most of our unit studies together. I love to be able to include tasting in our studies of history or science. It just adds one more layer of learning to any unit study!
|Fun to Cook Book
I had this cookbook as a kid, and read it over and over and over. It is the reason for my love of baking and cooking as a teen. I am going to buy Rella a vintage copy of this cookbook, because my copy has long ago been lost.
|Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes
If you love any of Roald Dahl’s books, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or James and the Giant Peach, you will enjoy this cookbook. It includes revolting recipes, like Fresh Mudburgers from James and the Giant Peach and Snozzcumbers from the BFG. Not only is it fun to make the recipes, most of them aren’t half bad!
|Laura Ingalls Wilder County Cookbook
I found this book at the library and was immediately intrigued. It seems that this book may be out of print, but you might be able to get a used copy or find it in your library. Not only does it include some of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s personal recipes, it also includes pictures and stories from their family. I highly recommend it!
|American Girl Cookbooks
I have an American Girl lover in my house, so any time we can use her interests to learn something, we do it! I have used several of the American Girl Cookbooks for our history studies for each era.
|Cooking throughout American History Series
These books are sort of cookbooks, sort of non-fiction explanation of Americans in each period of history. I have used the Westward Expansion book in our Lewis and Clark studies, and I don’t think I would pay $25 for one, they are definitely worth a trip to the library!
Do you have any favorite books about food or cooking? I would love to hear about them! I am always looking for great new books to add to our collection!
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