Monday, December 3, 2007

Children's Book Monday - Mud Pies and Other Recipes

A Path Made Straight is hosting a "Children's Book Monday" that I decided to participate in.

Mud Pies and Other Recipes
Written by Marjorie Winslow
Illustrated by Erik Blegvad

You could consider this your daughter or son's, first cookbook. It is a cookbook for dolls and it contains ingredients that a child can easily find and costs no money at all.

Some might even consider these recipes exotic - but unfortunately most of them would probably make your child sick if they actually decided to eat them - so BEWARE!

I love this book. I bought it for my dd when she was about 4 yrs old. This cookbook allows your child to be creative, make a mess and experiment with a host of ingredients. Cleaning up is simple - get out the garden hose!

There are chapters on: appetizers, main dishes, beverages, suggested menus and more. The recipes are sweetly and simply named and the illustrations are black and white pen/ink drawings that very cute.

From the foreword "It is an outdoor cookbook, b/c dolls dote on mud, when properly prepared. They love the crunch of pine needles and the sweet feel of seaweed on the tongue. The market place, then, will be a forest or a sand dune or your own back yard....Doll cookery is not a very exacting art. The time it takes to cook a casserole depends upon how long your dolls are able to sit at table without falling over."

I love the recipe for assorted hors d'oeuvres:

"Take the cardboard from a freshly laundered shirt...glue 8 paper baking cups...this is the hors d'oeuvres tray. Into each cup place anything that comes to mind. Here are 8 examples...grass, clover, pine needles, small berries, flower petals, crushed dry leaves, minced twigs and gravel."

No little girl (or her doll!) should be without this quaint little book.

I found my copy of the book (copyright 1961) on eBay a few years ago. You may still be able to find a book there or one used through Amazon - it did not look like they currently had any new copies.


Elise said...

I so agree - no little girl should be without this book! I've half a mind to buy this now and tuck it away for when Eliana is older...
Thanks for joining in - what a great pick!