These book are not only long-time favorites of Bunny and Wallie and magical reads in themselves, but they also include delicious recipes that you can make with your kids. These books inspire conversation and cooking and that's just the way we like it around here.
Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy—This book is heartbreakingly beautiful. Themes of divorce and family and ecology are woven together seemlessly to create a magical story. "While at her father's house, a girl discovers two old potatoes that have begun to sprout in the rear of the cupboard. She throws them away, but he suggests that instead they try to grow new ones from them. The story details how they prepare the soil, weed, water, and protect the plants from potato beetles. In September, their patience and hard work are rewarded with a brimming bucket of new potatoes." (Excerpted from Amazon editorial review) Includes a recipe for mashed potatoes embellished with nutmeg. Yum!
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco—Bunny will tell you that Patricia Polacco is one of her favorite authors. (I will admit that I had a little to do with that since she is one of MY favorite authors as well.) If you also have an emotionally intelligent (high EQ) kid, chances are she or he will enjoy Polacco's themes. Her books have inspired some deep conversations and always leave us thinking about the stories long after we finish reading them. "In Thunder Cake, a grandmother helps her granddaughter overcome her fear of thunder by baking a special cake while a storm threatens." (Excerpted from Amazon editorial review) Includes a fascinating recipe for cake which includes a tomato.
Three Cheers for Catherine the Great by Cary Best and Giselle Potter—Another beautiful story about belonging and giving. "It's Sara's Russian grandma's birthday, and she has made a proclamation: "I have music in my Russian bones, and laughing in my heart. I have the day and the night, and I have all of you. That's why for me the best presents will be no presents." No presents? Sara is baffled. Her amazing grandma gives so much to everyone. How can they have a birthday party for her without gifts? Sara realizes that any "no present" for Grandma has to be pretty special. And the "no present" she finally gives is the best kind of all." (Excerpted from Amazon editorial review) Includes a recipe for borscht that is superb.
And of course, Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan—This story could have been written in my Korean-American family's Hawaiian kitchen. "A large, loving Hawaiian family gathers to celebrate the new year with Marisa making mandoo, or dumplings, a traditional holiday feast. Told from the seven-year-old child's breathless point of view, the event is also a tribute to diversity. The Yang family, like much of the population of Hawaii, includes members of Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian, and haole (white) descent. And everyone loves mandoo, especially the funny-looking ones that Marisa makes." (Excerpted from Amazon editorial review) Includes a recipe for mandoo aka Korean dumplings.
Do you have any more to add? Please share them below. (Here's another list.) We are always on the lookout for books we can read then cook from