Barring a natural disaster or major world event, I will finally finish The Martian today. (Josh is not-so-silently rejoicing that we can finally watch the movie.) All that talk of potatoes and partial rations has me appreciating my cold cereal more than usual this morning. A few weeks ago, I shared some of our favorite food-themed picture books. Because I can’t possibly limit myself to 4 books about something so great as food, here are 4 more books to whet the littlest tastebuds:
Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey Kyle and Carolina Farías is delightful for more reasons than one. It is a fine example of my favorite kind of bilingual picture book: the kind that mixes two languages in a seamless way. It also had my children begging to try gazpacho. (No, they didn’t really care for it, but I’m counting the request as a win anyway.)
Chicken Soup with Rice: a Book of Months by Maurice Sendak makes me giggle each time I read it. Each poem describes a seasonal use for chicken soup with rice, some more ridiculous than others. My favorite chicken soup recipe has orzo in it, but we are happy to think of it as chicken soup with rice anyway.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judy Barrett and Ronald Barrett is almost too obvious to mention, except for the fact that I’d never even heard of it until I saw the movie. So for the other 2 people out there who haven’t read it yet, please do. After hearing “The Big Rock Candy Mountains” for the first time as a child, I honed in on the lemonade spring and spent years imagining a place where everything is edible. The book is a more realistic look about what that might be like. (Can I even say that about a book with mashed potato snow?)
The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss is really more about getting along than food, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to devour a whole loaf of bread with butter after reading. As a devoted toast and butter family, this book is right up our alley.