As the holidays draw closer, I think of curling up with a good book, a mug of hot cocoa, and piles of treats on a plate. Here are some good books with good eats* for your consideration:
Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
My first gut (pun intended!) instinct was to go with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — but I've always thought Danny was a rather overlooked Roald Dahl book with scrumptious food descriptions. I've been dreaming of cold meat pie with whole hard-boiled eggs for years. (Come to think of it, most Roald Dahl books have scrumptious food descriptions.)
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Anyone who has read this book will know what I'm talking about. If you don't, pick up this book now! It's nearly 40% food-related. Like all of the other "Little House" books, it also has lovely, heart-warming chapters devoted to Christmases and New Years. There's an exceptionally hilarious chapter involving a sled, sneaking off on a Sunday, and a wild pig.
But back to the food — here's a mouth-watering excerpt:
"Almanzo ate the sweet, mellow baked beans. He ate the bit of salt pork that melted like cream in his mouth. He ate mealy boiled potatoes, with brown ham-gravy. He bit deep into velvety bread spread with sleek butter, and he ate the golden crisp crust. He demolished a tall heap of pale mashed turnips, and a hill of stewed yellow pumpkin. Then he sighed, and tucked his napkin deeper into the neckband of his red waist. And he ate plum preserves, and strawberry jam, and grape jelly, and spiced watermelon-rind pickles. He felt very comfortable inside. Slowly he ate a large piece of pumpkin pie."
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
To be honest, I think I'd become a little pukey green if I actually were offered green eggs and ham. But I love this whimsical book purely because of the message — it's all about trying new things. Who knows, maybe I'll be up for a plate of green eggs and ham after New Year's!
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett
Ever wonder what the candy house from the tale of Hansel and Gretel would look like? That's the town of Chewandswallow! The illustrations in this book look so tasty I almost licked it once (I was very young. Like . . . 3 days younger than I am now). How wonderful would it be to sail away on a peanut butter and jelly ship into a mashed potato sunset?
The main character, John Midas, loves chocolate and thinks it's is better than any other food in the world. A dose of magic from a local chocolatier, and suddenly everything he eats and drinks tastes like chocolate: bread, eggs, bacon — you get the idea. Doesn't that sound 100% awesome?! Well, maybe not. Read the book and find out!
— Nancy, STACKS Staffer
*food that is completely text-based and will not, unfortunately, magically appear