Top 5 Food-Related Children’s Books I Love:
1. How Are You Peeling? by Saxton Freymann and Joost Eiffers (Arthur A. Levine Books) – Foods with moods. I am more than happy to find daily reminders of this creative childhood obsession on the counter of Pratt’s Pie Shop cafe.
2. Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola (G. P. Putnam’s) – I got my nickname “Strega Nona” from manic episodes of all-nighter pasta-making . . . and shouting children’s book references (“I’m f*ing Strega Nona!”) as I attempt to cook my own recipes.
3. Jamberry by Bruce Degen (HarperCollins) – A small child’s bacchanalia. Really.
4. Gingerbread Houses For Kids by Jennifer A. Ericsson and Beth L. Blair (White Birch Press) – Shameless plug for my mother’s self-published cookbook. But seriously, making gingerbread houses is my favorite winter activity, and no one does it better than they do.
5. Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak (HarperCollins) –
In July I’ll take a peep
Into the cool and fishy deep
Where chicken soup is sellin’ – cheap!
Selling once, selling twice, selling Chicken Soup With Rice!