I must admit I am not a very good baker, but I do LOVE reading fiction and looking at fun recipes, so that’s the reason I like finding cookbooks based on fictional books. If you love food and books, and books about food, then check out today’s fun, festive recipe books based on favorite fiction books.
Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story by P. L. Travers
With her endless bag of goodies, creative quips, and innovative methods, only this nanny would let you mix sugar with your medicine to make it taste good. Author P. L. Travers has filled this cookbook with an abundance of recipes that will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth, such as cherry pie, jam tarts, candy kisses, lemon soufflé, and a dish called the Queen of Puddings. Yum, yum!
The Boxcar Children Cookbook by Diane Blaine
Growing up, I absolutely loved The Boxcar Children series! Not only did Violet, Benny, Jessie, and Henry Alden solve interesting mysteries, but these orphans (who lived out of a boxcar) always seemed to make the most delicious-sounding food with the simplest ingredients. If you like simple, yet scrumptious food without the hassle of tons of ingredients, you’ll want to try out this cookbook. Plus, cooking in a kitchen is undoubtedly a lot easier than cooking in a boxcar.
The Fairy Tale Cookbook: Fun Recipes for Families to Create and Eat Together by Sandre Moore
Who can resist a good fairy tale? I know I certainly can’t! But when you mix a fairy tale with food, it’s even better! That’s why I recommend this cookbook. With recipes such as Aladdin’s Date Bread, Sleeping Beauty’s Birthday Cake, Cinderella’s Pumpkin Pie, Grinch’s Green Beans, and many more, you’ll wish you had a magic wand so that you could immediately try all the recipes in here.
Fairies Cookbook by Barbara Beery
I think of fairies as cute winged pixies dressed in pink flowing dresses, that fly around sprinkling fairy dust, so I find this cookbook totally sweet . . . literally. With recipes featuring Sugar Plum Fairies, Garden Fairies, Rainbow Fairies, Snowflake Fairies, and Secret Fairies, you’ll probably want to throw on some fairy wings and dance around the house while tasting these unbelievable morsels. However, I wouldn’t recommend using sugar as fairy dust unless you want a sticky floor.
I only wish more books would come out with book-themed recipes. For example, how cool would it be to have a cookbook based on The 39 Clues series? Or maybe an Allie Finkle cookbook of cupcakes? That sounds good to me! What kind of cookbook would you love to see?
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer