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Archive for the 'Foodie Lit' Category

Thu, April 10th, 2014
Cheers for a Dozen Ears by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: What a perfect title for this book. When our farmer’s market finally opens, I will be cheering! Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting (Albert Whitman 2014) is the perfect tonic for we who are weary of winter…children included. In fact, I have to disagree with the final line from the Booklist […]


Thu, October 24th, 2013
Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  My husband wonders why I was laughing hysterically at the farmer’s market this morning but it is all the fault of Pat Zietlow Miller and Sophie’s Squash (Random/Schwartz & Wade 2013)!  Talk about a fall classic in the making! Sophie and her parents go to market where Sophie picks out a lovely winter squash.  […]


Mon, June 17th, 2013
Relish by Lucy Knisley
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: I’ve just finished a major kitchen remodel project and it seems that during this time my literary tastes leaned toward books that featured FOOD. I was eating lots of salads and crock pot meals in real life, but in my book world, I was a gourmand. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen (First Second […]


Mon, August 6th, 2012
Two Delicious Books about Julia Child
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  Every time I embark on a new recipe, make salad dressing or cut basil from the plant on my patio I think about the debt we American cooks owe to Julia Child.  Of course we owe her for moving American cooking from casseroles using canned mushroom soup into cooking sophisticated recipes that highlight flavor.  […]


Fri, August 3rd, 2012
Secrets of the Garden by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: I just picked my first tomatoes of the summer from my small deck garden so Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in our Backyard (Knopf 2012) is perfect reading this week. The illustrated story of a family planning, planting and harvesting a vegetable garden is heartwarming but it so much […]


Fri, September 30th, 2011
Pie by Sarah Weeks
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: I picked up Pie (Scholastic 2011) a few months ago to read as a palate cleanser between review books. It had a pie and a cat on the cover and looked like a lighthearted read. I live in Michigan and it was prime berry season when I started writing this post in early August. I didn’t know […]


Mon, July 18th, 2011
To Timbuktu by Casey Scieszka
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: As I said last week, while Lynn is spending the month in France I am soothing my travel lust with literature. To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story (Roaring Brook 2011) is just the ticket! I admire adventurous people and these two young adults spin a good tale about their travels. Casey […]


Fri, July 8th, 2011
The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Dana Reinhardt gets better with every book and The Summer I Learned to Fly (Random/Wendy Lamb 2011) is no exception. Last year’s The Things a Brother Knows was a piercing look at the relationship between two boys and the impact of war. In this story, Reinhardt examines the intricacies of mother-daughter relationships and perfectly captures […]


Wed, June 22nd, 2011
Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: I have found a kindred spirit–someone who loves baked goods as much as I do in Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake (Dial 2011)! When Betty Bunny is first offered some chocolate cake, she isn’t so sure…she hasn’t had it before and she’s not very good at trying new things. But then she tastes it […]


Fri, June 19th, 2009
The Sweet Life of Stella Madison by Lara M. Zeises
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: There’s a girl licking chocolate frosting (or Nutella spread) off her finger on the cover. That’s all I need to pick up The Sweet Life of Stella Madison (Random/Delacorte, July 2009). Actually, one of our BBYA teen readers reviewed this at book club and it was her comments that spurred me to read it. […]





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