Food in Books

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6.5 hours last night. And, my cough/sniffles are dwindling down too!

Yogurt + Granola + Fruit = Healthy Breakfast 101

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  • Trader Joe’s European Style Organic Plain Nonfat Yogurt, sweetened with NuStevia
  • 1 small organic peach
  • Vanilla Almond Galaxy Granola

Creme au Caramel Rooibos.

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New bowl! <—Martha Stewart collection at Macy’s – on sale now

I took Julius for a walk and met my friend Andrea at Bricks and Scones.

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The place has really gotten popular since I interviewed the owner when they opened! Inside, it’s like a library – every table was packed with laptops and it was very silent. Outside, you can actually talk without feeling weird!

The same leftover salad for lunch – there were no more blue tortilla chips left so I replaced them with sugar snap peas for crunch.

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Still hungry, I had a bag of Kruncheeze with my tea and lollipop.

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This is the last of my Kay’s Naturals stash, and probably my least favorite of all the products. They’re just kinda weird.

Food in Books

When I volunteered reading at BookPals last week (where I suspect my sick germs came from!) Val made a comment about how she used to love children’s books with food/eating scenes; perhaps this was an early sign of her destiny to become a food blogger! I realized that the books I loved the most growing up all had great food writing as well. And I LOVED reading them while I ate. Here are some I pulled off the shelf:

100 Pounds of Popcorn by Hazel Krantz –

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A Girl Called Al by Constance C. Greene. In this book, one of the characters always made soup and fixed a snack of bread, butter, and sugar. Yum!

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My most favorite food descriptions are from “Little House in the Big Woods,” where Laura Ingalls Wilder went into great detail describing how they survived in the middle of nowhere- the churning of the butter, smoking of the meat, making maple sugar candy in snow – truly, every page is dripping with some of the greatest food writing ever.

But probably the book that made the biggest impact on me (both as a kid and an adult) was this one:

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Fat Elliot and the Gorilla is the story of an overeating kid named Elliot.

Who binged.

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I was obsessed with this book growing up. I’m not blaming Elliot for my eating disorder (which I’ve had some form of since I can remember) but he was definitely a part of my recovery. Throughout my years of therapy, I named my eating disorder “Elliot” (at the suggestion of my shrink) and often pulled this book off the shelf during my darkest times to remind myself where it came from, and how far removed it really was.

Inside I found a bookmark/note I wrote myself.

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That was usually the real question I had to answer whenever I got that binge-y feeling. To stop avoiding my emotions by stuffing and eating them away.

Spoiler alert – both Elliot and I wound up with a new relationship with food/our bodies.

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How did food in children’s books affect or influence you? What are some scenes you can remember from your favorites?

  • http://www.adventuresinwanting.com Kim

    Honestly, I don’t remember food in children’s books at all!! Ha. I guess that goes to show that I was pretty unaware of my body and food until much later in life…or something. I do remember the blueberry girl in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (book, not movie) :)

  • http://www.snackingsquirrel.blogspot.com kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com

    awe i love those old books! haha the last pic is my fav- funny!!

    the only food i remember is either from winnie the pooh with the honey or dr.seuss’ green eggs and ham haha

    i need to get some peaches soon.. i miss the juicy ones that taste like sugar ! :)

  • Clare

    Oooh…great post Lynn! All the books featuring food that I read as a child are now on my children’s bookshelves. “Bread and Jam for Frances” is a total foodie book. I always want to make bread and jam after I read it to my kids. Also, growing up in England, I read lots of Enid Blyton ( a prolific children’s writer)–lashings of ginger beer, scones and clotted cream, homemade ginger cake, blackberries picked from the lane, pop biscuits, toffee shocks….yum.

  • http://americangourmande.wordpress.com Maya

    I know exactly what you mean! From a young I love well written food scenes in books. The only one that comes to mind at the moment is Bread and Jam for Francis.

  • http://confessionsofahealthnut.wordpress.com adrienmelaine

    I’ve never had childrens books that talked about body and weight, I remember candy from the Berenstain Bears; but mainly I just remember the adventures the kids would always go on.. It wasn’t until high school that body image started becoming something I was reading about

  • http://itzyskitchen.blogspot.com Erica

    GREAT breakfast. I love this combo and galaxy granola is just awesome. Glad you’re feeling better. That restaurant looks so cute. I’d be all over sitting outside. My favorite books growing up: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Amelia Badelia (spelling??)

  • http://eatmovelove.wordpress.com eatmovelove

    I’ve never seen that Elliot book – interesting….the only real childhood book I remember is The Frog and The Toad…and they used to eat biscuits and tea ;)

  • http://theexperfectionist.wordpress.com theexperfectionist

    Aww I would love to read that book. Um the book I loved the most was Danny and the Dinosaur. My grandma used to read that to me every time I went to her house. I also loved “Over in the Meadow.” Aww I just got a little

  • http://runsarah.wordpress.com Run Sarah

    Glad you are feeling better! I love the peach & yogurt combo – so good. I actually don’t remember food in kids books at all!

  • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

    I love your breakfast combo and don’t think I could ever tire of it!…

  • http://learningtoeatproperly.blogspot.com/ Justine

    That was a great post, Lynn. :)
    Binge eating is terrible and while you have been struggling with it for some time, I a glad you are able to move past it. I hope you have a great weekend!

  • http://www.fortheloveofhealth.ca Melissa @ For the Love of Health

    Reading to the kids must be amazing!
    Great story!
    My absolute favorite children’s book is I Love You, Forever by Robert Munsch! Basically it is a story of a child and his mother as he grows up through each stage from birth through toddler through teenaged years and marriage and in the end the mother grows old and the son repeats that to his mom- such a great story! Robert Munsch is amazing children’s author and I recommend all of his books!

  • http://saltytooth.wordpress.com saltytooth

    I don’t have any specific children’s books that impacted me regarding food, but I did get a cookbook when I six that I loved. It was a “my first cookbook” kind of thing and came with colorful plastic measuring spoons (which I still use to this day). Needless to say, I fell in love with cooking at an early age!

  • http://www.ChicagoMarathonVal.com MarathonVal

    Great post! Makes me want to go visit my parents’ house to re-read all of my old favorite childrens books :)

  • http://www.speak2docs.com wendy lee

    “Homer Price” by Robert McCloskey has a great chapter about a donut machine that goes awry and can’t stop producing donuts and a woman’s diamond ring falls into the batter and , well, it’s just a great donut narrative!!!!! Warning; craving for donuts ensue.