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Merry Christmas darlings


Winding things down here for the year, I’d like to wish readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, hoping there is plenty of candy in your immediate future. And if candy is not your thing, Katie also has a host of recommendations of food favorites from children’s books. And do not forget Laura’s gingerbread! […]

Munchings and crunchings: food in books

turkish delight

I’ve been thinking a lot about food in books since reading Jess Zimmerman’s fabulous article “C.S. Lewis’ Greatest Fiction: Convincing American Kids That They Would Like Turkish Delight”: “It was like looking into Harry Potter’s Mirror of Erised, but for desserts: when you thought of a treat worth betraying your family for, what did you […]

Food and cooking


Brash, Lorna Professor Cook’s Dynamite Dinners Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Enslow Brash, Lorna Professor Cook’s Fruity Desserts Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Enslow Brash, Lorna Professor Cook’s Mind-Blowing Baking Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Enslow Brash, Lorna Professor Cook’s Smashing Snacks Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Enslow Professor Cook’s… series. Kid-friendly recipes are presented with underlying food facts […]

Moving moment No. 11


Longtime HornBooker Jennifer Brabander came by today to scour the giveaway shelves, and look what she brought. Thanks, Jen!

Rebecca Stead’s good taste


Rebecca Stead’s latest book, Liar & Spy, features an entertaining (and educational!) subplot about the sense of taste. Main character Georges’ science class participates in a taste-test experiment that Rebecca, while reminiscing with me for a Talks With Roger interview, remembers from her own school days: Roger: Is that a real thing, that taste test? […]

I’ll be in Texas but you should go


Grace Lin will be signing her new novel Dumpling Days at Porter Square Books in Cambridge on January 21st at 1:00 P.M. Jennifer has reviewed it for the March issue and it’s great. Plus, Grace is known for bringing treats to her signings, so go, eat.

>The cake she baked

> Simmons gal Susan Bloom made this delicious wedding cake for us, chocolate with praline frosting. YUM. While it is true that I am taller than Richard, I am represented by the little faux-Hummel guy in the bow tie (whose head fell off when we washed him; sorry Kitty) while the tall man is an […]

>With churned butter

>Am reading @HalfPintIngalls‘ (aka Wendy McClure’s) really engrossing The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie, and I find myself unseasonably wishing for Laura’s gingerbread.

>Good enough to eat

>Baby Joshua stopped by for a snack:

>Food and Art

>Tomorrow’s Sutherland Lecturer tells a story. And I know she has many more to tell, so come on down to the Harold Washington Library in Chicago tomorrow night to hear them.