Dig in: Eight great after-dinner reads, plus our back-to-school giveaway!
Swing into the spirit of back-to-school and curl up with these classic after-dinner reads—you could win big just for telling us about your favourites!!
credit: Donald Chaffin, Alfred A. Knopf Pubishers (copyright 1970)
Amazing meals feature heavily in classic tales like Fantastic Mr. Fox, All-Of-A-Kind Family, Farmer Boy...we’re sure you’ve got your own food memories associated with many more. To whet your appetite, we’ve compiled some of our favourite after-dinner reads below along with kid-friendly recipes.
And to celebrate the back-to-school season, we'll be giving away an Amazon gift card worth $100! To enter our draw, all you have to do is tell us your family’s favourite after-dinner read either on our Facebook wall, Twitter feed or right here in the comments. Just make sure you include the hashtag #btbookscontest.
To get you inspired, here are some of our very favourite reads...plus the recipes, so you can munch along with your favourite characters!
Bread and Jam for Frances: This book’s loving descriptions of lunch will make your mouth water (and give your kids some serious lunchbox inspiration). Between Frances’ funny songs and her clever parents, there’s something for everyone in this classic. Recreate the book’s lunches here and the ultimate spaghetti and meatballs here.
Stone Soup: Many cultures have a story about a soup that gets a little bit tastier with each ingredient thrown into it (and each cook that helps out!). Make your own stone soup here while you tell the story.
Green Eggs and Ham: Dr Seuss’ classic story that proves you can write a great story using just 50 words (and that trying new things can be tasty!). Try your hand at Green Eggs and Ham here.
Momotaro the Peach Boy: This traditional Japanese story is fuelled by a delicious peach and the best kibi-dango (dumplings) in all Japan. Make your own kibi-dango and see if any magical animals offer to help you on your heroic quests!
Pancakes! Pancakes!: How much work goes into a pancake? Eric Carle’s beautiful illustrations complement a gorgeous son-and-mom cooking story...and it’ll leave you wanting pancakes.
Fantastic Mr. Fox: The horrible farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean plan to starve the local forest creatures—but they’re no match for the fantastic Mr. Fox. This story has everything: cute animals, awful bad guys, Roald Dahl’s unmistakable sense of humour...and a huge feast for our hungry heroes. Here’s how you can make a mug of cider to celebrate with Mr. Fox.
Farmer Boy: Part of the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book is stuffed with good eating. Almanzo enjoys popcorn and apples by the fire; or watermelon in summertime—but if you’re looking for the meal that blew our minds as kids, you have to enjoy a slice of apple pie with cheddar cheese.
All-Of-A-Kind Family: Another book for older kids where food plays a major supporting role, Sydney Taylor’s story of five little girls growing up in New York’s Lower East Side features loving descriptions of food - including roasted chickpeas!
Did we miss your favourite? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter...and you’ll be entered to win our giveaway draw! Just tell us the title of your family’s favourite after-dinner read —and include the hashtag #btbookscontest so we’ll be sure to see it.