Kitchen literary treats

Book List

January 26, 2000|By Tricia Eller

Does your mouth water when Raggedy Ann and Andy pull taffy or when Laura Ingalls Wilder describes the fresh, hot baked-goods her mother made? You can bring these characters and their tempting treats to life using cookbooks designed for kids and centered on the plots of some of their favorite stories. Such cookbooks teach children that reading is fun and has a purpose.

Kay Vandergrift, a professor of children's literature at Rutgers University, has compiled a list of cookbooks developed from stories, many that go back to your own days of childhood. A sampling:

* "The Wonderful World of Oz Cookbook" by Monica Bayley

* "The Boxcar Children Cookbook" by Diane Blain

* "The Great Big Paddington Book" by Michael Bond

* "Pease Porridge Hot: A Mother Goose Cookbook" by Lorinda Bryan Cauley

* "The Pooh Cookbook" by Virginia H. Ellison

* "Peter Rabbit's Cookery Book" by Anne Emerson

* "Raggedy Ann & Andy's Cookbook" by Niki Hazelton

* "The Little Women Book: Games, Recipes, Crafts and Other Homemade Pleasures" by Lucille Recht Penner

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