Butterbeer and candy frogs? Horehound candy and Johnny-cakes? Children’s lit is full of sumptuous descriptions of eatables, including some out-of-this-world food orgies. Today Meagan and her sister Kathreen (brand-new to the show!) recall some of the most memorable smorgasbords and dishes from their favorite childhood books and discuss why food plays such an important part in the way kids engage with literature…and remember it later.
Some of the sites and books discussed in today’s episode:
- Beyond Little House, a resource for Laura Ingalls Wilder fans.
- Pioneer Girl, Wilder’s official autobiography
- The Little House Cookbook
And, because we forgot to discuss Wilbur’s slop trough contents from Charlotte’s Web – one of the best food descriptions ever! – here’s a Garth Williams illustration of Templeton enjoying his share.