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15 Literary Cookbooks for Littles (WTRW Link-up)


Never heard of literary cookbooks?

Oh, my lovelies, do I have a treat for you.  I mean, kinda literally.  Literar-ily.

There’s nothing more fun than including cooking in your homeschool day–it adds so many lessons: following directions, math, treating equipment with respect, how to feed yourself.  I mean, Come On.  But adding cooking that comes from a favorite book?  Oh, that is a whole new level of awesome.  Here are 15 cookbooks that relate to their favorite stories to entice your littles into the kitchen!  Do I own all these?  No.  Do I want to?

Oh. Yeah.

An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery

Are you kidding me?  This might just be the coolest. cookbook. ever.  Bilbo’s love of food is one of the major aspects of his character, so there is plenty to draw from when you’re cool like Chris-Rachael Oseland.  The rich world of Tolkien’s Hobbit comes to life as you create dishes like Apple and Cherry Griddlecakes or  Mushroom, Beef, & Onion Hand Pies.  You may remember that I linked to a  seed cakes recipe back in my Story Time for Miss Rumphius.  That’s how I discovered this amazing cookbook.  My kitchen will never be the same.

The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook

If you don’t know by now, I love Pooh Bear.  He’s my favorite living toy.  When you’re feeling a little 11 o’clock-ish, this book has the stuff.  I mean, Easy Honey Buns make for a good smackerel, if you ask me.  Plus, Cottleston Pie.  Need I say more?

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes

Whaaaa?  How can any child resist this?!  A recipe for Frobscottle?  Really?  Who doesn’t want to try that and pretend they’re hanging out with the BFG?  Add in some Fresh Mudburgers and Willy Wonka’s Nutty Crunch Surprise, and I am in.  I’m All In.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Listen.  Do you have a little who has always wanted to try a pumpkin pastie or a treacle tart?  What about cauldron cakes?  Yeah yeah.  Most of the recipes are headed by a short explanation of which part of the story the food is featured in, so your littles won’t have any trouble remembering where they’ve heard of that food before.  Very cool.

The Secret Garden Cookbook

My little heart went pitter-patter when I saw this one. Who doesn’t love Mary Mary Quite Contrary’s beautiful story of a new home, a new garden, and a new outlook?  So I’m crushing hard on this cookbook.  Just listen to these chapters: Yorkshire Breakfasts.  A Taste of India.  Dickon’s Cottage Foods.  If you’re a Brit wanna-be like I am, this book is heaven.  If you love the story of Mary Lennox, this book provides one more step to your enjoyment.  Bliss.

The Little House Cookbook

You didn’t think I’d leave this one out, did you?  I mean, how many homeschoolers do you know who use the Little House books to teach their littles everything from how to care for an animal to basic survival skills?  This book is a brilliant companion to the series, including over 100 recipes (like hasty pudding and Johnny cakes).  But the best part is it is forwarded with All Kinds of information about cooking and surviving during Frontier times.  This one is a keeper, my friends.

The Boxcar Children Cookbook

What?  You didn’t know there was a Boxcar Children cookbook?  I don’t know about your littles, but mine have the entire original collection of Boxcar Children books and they Will Not let me donate them to another family.  So when I saw this, I squealed like a girl.  In a cheer uniform.  On prom night.  This is another one that quotes the books so littles can place where the recipes come from.  Pomfret Landing Milkshake, Hobo Stew, and Mystery Ranch French Toast.  I’m just sayin’.

The Official Narnia Cookbook

Narnia has an official cookbook?  With over 60 recipes?  Be still my heart.  They had me at Mrs. Beaver’s Marmalade Roll-on-the-Run.  But what sold me and will likely sell your littles?  The recipe for Turkish Delight.

You know that’s the one you’ve been looking for.

Mary Cratchit’s Recipes: The Dickens’ Village Christmas Carol Cookbook

Just stop.  Stop right there.  This book exists?!  A whole cookbook based on A Christmas Carol?  A cookbook based on a Charles Dickens book?  Why, oh why, don’t I own this book?  Why don’t you?  Heck, it’s only a penny plus shipping on Amazon.  How cool would it be to plan your entire holiday meal from this book?  Oh, me.  Oh, my.  Mama wants one.

 The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook

Did ya catch your breath yet?  I don’t think I’ve seen a series of books more lauded by homeschooling mamas, so I know you love this one.  Not only does it have recipes inspired by Anne’s adventures, it’s riddled with lovely watercolors and quotes from the books.  Plus, your littles can have a glass of old-fashioned lemonade, Anne style.  What’s not to like?

 Taking Tea With Alice

There are several Alice cookbooks to choose from, but I’m crushing most on this one.  You know how I love a good Mad Tea Party.  This book doesn’t have just recipes, it also has games and ideas for party settings.  Get this book.  And have a tea party.  Then have another.  Just make sure they’re mad.

Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook

Every little loves Dr. Seuss.  And these recipes have the stuff.  Plus, the pages are laminated to keep them from being ruined when they get spilled on (which they inevitably will–it’s a cookbook.  I wish all my cookbooks had laminated pages).  There are some complicated recipes in here, and there are some easy peasy ones, so your littles can graduate from simple to complex cooking all with one book.  Win!

Fairytale Food: Enchanting Recipes to Bring a Little Magic to Your Cooking

This book pulls from all kinds of sources–Peter Pan, Alice, Hansel & Gretel… You get the idea.  Snow White’s Apple Tart?  Bad Fairy Cakes?  Sounds scrumptious to me.  And I don’t care that I already know how to make pancakes.  When they’re called Peter Pancakes, they are more special.

 The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook

You’re going to want to add this to my list of goodies for reading Little Women.  Plus, Honey Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust.  And I’m betting your littles will get a real kick out of making pattycakes.

The Jane Austen Cookbook

This isn’t just another cookbook.  It’s a trip back in time.  The introduction explains all kinds of interesting stuff about food in the late Georgian era.  What was available, how people got it, how it was prepared.  The recipes come from Austen’s letters and books and will be a real treat for any foodie.  A history lesson to go with a cooking lesson.  Yeah yeah.

My friends, it looks like my Amazon card is about to get Maxed out.  I wonder if my beautiful husband would build me a new shelf for all my new literary cookbooks?

Let’s be honest.  He’d probably rather spend the evening whacking me in the head with each of them in turn and asking, “Why?  (thump) Did you buy? (thwack) MORE BOOKS?!”

Hahaha.  He already knows the answer to that.

Love wins,


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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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  1. I love your posts, but this is my favorite one ever! I want them all!!! Thank you for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week.
    Tina at Mommynificent recently posted…Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #160My Profile

  2. Thanks so much for sharing these suggestions at the #LMMLinkup! They feel especially appropriate for us right now because we always enter the baking contests at our county fair, and it’s fair time!

  3. Roald Dahl and Boxcar Children have cookbooks? I have will have to see if my library has them!

  4. love this list! I love foodie mysteries as well.

  5. Great post! I love the Harry Potter cook book. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!

  6. OMG This sounds like a great link up!

    & a Hobbit cookbook? Is this even real!!

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  7. What a fun list of cookbooks to go along with some of the best books! Pinning to remember when my daughter gets a bit older.

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