If you are a regular reader of this blog and follow our BookKids blog posts, then you already know that we love dogs and summer time. Here’s one more bookseller love you can add to the list – food. Yes, there are a bunch of foodies and home chefs on our staff. As a result, we like to talk about food, eat & share food, and we absolutely love books about yummy food.
Some recent books that caught our foodie attention —
- the story about a the decidedly unsweet little cake in Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
- Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis which is all about the history of the creamy treat
- Cakes in Space by Philip Reeve about intergalactic monster cakes
- and the ridiculously silly Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman
Much like Oliver, we ask, “Please, sir, can I have some more,” of these wonderful, taste bud stimulating, and stomach growling inducing books. Do not read on an empty stomach!
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
“By now I think you know what happened to your sandwich. But you may not know how it happened. So let me tell you. It all started with the bear.” That’s how this book begins and you can just tell it’s going to be a good yarn. Bear follows his nose and belly all the way from his forest home to find an unattended, enticing sandwich on a city park bench. His journey is full of sensory goodness – he sees and touches new things, hears sounds like he doesn’t hear in the forest, and of course, smells and eats delightful treats. According to the unnamed narrator (who may or may not be the most trustworthy as the ending reveals), Bear gobbles down that irresistible sandwich. I love the illustrations that are full of color, humor, and a very expressive bear. Bear-appetit!
One of Ellen’s favorite foods: cheeseburgers
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Anybody who knows me knows that I love tacos. I eat one almost every day, if I can help it. And I eat my tacos with plenty of spicy salsa. Imagine my surprise when I discovered you can’t give spicy salsa to dragons! Rubin’s whimsical taco logic and Salmieri’s charming illustrations are perfect for kids 3 and up, including me. I usually read it with a crispy avocado breakfast taco from the BookPeople cafe–just make sure you label your salsa VERY CAREFULLY.
One of Demi’s favorite foods, other than tacos: hot dogs
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal
Are you tired of the same old food again and again? Do you crave new culinary experiences that can only be found in rare and wild places? Then the life of an Adventure Chef may be just what you’re looking for. Join the world’s greatest Adventure Chef, Rutabaga, and his friends Winn, Manny, and Beef as they seek out strange new creatures and learn exciting ways to cook them! Rutabaga the Adventure Chef is one of the the best things you’ll ever read! I promise!
One of Tommy’s favorite foods: Italian food
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
Celebrating connections that tie people together in ways they don’t always expect, this story of baking and talent feels as light and airy as meringue and as deep and rich as chocolate cake. I can’t get enough of this deliciously rewarding tale!
One of Meghan’s favorite foods: Pad Thai
Here is a tasting of some of the other delightfully delicious books we love:
For younger readers
Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! by Susan Stevens Crummel, illustrated by Janet Stevens
Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Bee-Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee
Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
Round Is a Tortilla by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by John Parra
What Can You Do with a Paleta? by Carmen Tofolla, illustrated by Magaly Morales
Good Pie Party by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
For older readers
The Truth about Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Cupcake Cousins by Kate Hannigan, illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes
Phoebe G. Greene: Lunch Will Never Be the Same by Veera Hiranandani
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett K. Krosoczka
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl