Reading and food… is there a more delicious combination? Even before Little Red Riding Hood ( and her picnic basket) was sent into the woods, it seems we have been tempted by food. The old adage “live to eat, not eat to live” is difficult to achieve when faced with recipes from every country.

While Adam and Eve may have eaten the apple, we have many more choices…and they start from children’s books.


Green eggs and ham, Charlie and the chocolate factory, If you give a mouse a cookie, Stone soup, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, Bread and jam for Frances, Jasper McFlea will not eat his tea and the very hungry caterpiller.

Then here are some of our current non-fiction favourites:

Jamie’s 30 minute cookbook, Blood sugar, Two greedy Italians, any of the Australian Women’s Weekly series, The CWA cookbooks, Food for thought: essays on eating and culture, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Vogue Entertaining, ABC delicious and so on.

Food features heavily in fiction too. Kerry Greenwood’s baker Corinna Chapman is always creating something delicious while solving her mysteries. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum and best friend Lula eat their way through mountains of food, not all of it appetising! Then there’s the Cupcake Bakery mystery series, the Coffee House mystery, Bruno Chief of Police and his truffle delicacies and of course, Chocolat. We also love Friendship bread, Agnes and the hitman, Pomegranate soup and Comfort food.

Delicious! Delicious! Delicious! We hope the #bookbites reads you devour this month will leave you replete, delectably sated.

Don’t forget to  join in the Readit2011 Twitter discussion on 7th September 2011, 8pm AEST. It’s going to be full of tasty treats.


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