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Share a Story: A Fine Dessert

We had a great time reading A Fine Dessert and making the delicious Blackberry Fool that went with it. We looked at how making this simple dessert has changed over 300 years and then tried out some of the different technologies used.

If you missed it, create your own culinary adventure at home with some of the following stories. 

 More Stories About Food (with recipes!)

Hasty pudding, Johnnycakes, and other good stuff: cooking in colonial America by Loretta Frances Ichord ; illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis

Bring me some apples and I'll make you a pie: a story about Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley

Once upon a time in the kitchen: recipes and tales from classic childrens stories by Carol Odell, illustrated by Anna Pignataro

Easy as Pie...Crack a Culinary Mystery

Looking for a good mystery to sink your teeth into? These amateur sleuths/professional culinary artists manage to solve the crime and create delectable dishes (recipes included).

The body in the kelp by Katherine Hall Page. The purchase of a beautiful handmade quilt at an estate auction lovingly constructed by wealthy, deceased, and detested Matilda Prescott, turns out to be quite a bargain indeed -- especially when transplanted, New York caterer Faith Sibley Fairchild discovers it to be a map to the old woman's hidden treasure.

A deadly grind by Victoria Hamilton. A Hoosier to die for? When vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it's love at first sight until someone is murdered.

Dying on the vine by Peter King. And the main course is... murder. Animated by a passion for food, wine and justice, Harper Goodwin, the Gourmet Detective travels to Provence to investigate a shadowy business deal between two vineyards. But before he can even sample the delights of Pate de Grives on triangles of hot, crisp toast, he encounters a corpse leaning against a cart in the vineyard.

Thorndyke Thoughts: CYS is Over

Hey Kids,
I hope you enjoyed our Connect Your Summer program as much as I did. The badges, the activities, and all the programs were so exciting! I especially enjoyed the Stormtroopers who came to the Final Party.

Even though summer is almost over, I've still been reading, and one of my favorite books from the last week is 
Julia Child: an extraordinary life in words and pictures by Erin Hagar  — The story is so interesting, and I loved the pictures, which made Julia look so friendly. It took Julia a long time to figure out what she wanted to do, but before she learned to be a chef she worked with spies in World War II. And afterward she became one of the first chefs on TV. When I finished the book one of the first things I did was to find her TV show on how to make omelettes. Then I made an omelette, and it was delicious.


If you're looking for more books on cooking adventures, try one of these.

Alice Waters and the trip to delicious by written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Hayelin Choi ; afterword by Alice Waters

Canning with Chef Mary Spencer

Culinary instructor Mary Spencer will answer all of your canning and preserving questions.  Mary has studied under the best, including Jacques Pepin, Milos Cihelka and many more. She has taught classes at Kitchen Glamour, Kitchen Witch, ABC Warehouse and now runs her own cooking school in Northville called Taste: A Cook's Place, LLC. Come learn Mary's lessons on saving our summer bounty on September 9 at 6:30 pm.

Food Fun

Looking to have some fun in the kitchen this summer? Look no further! World Book Kids Food Fun site has awesome activities for the kitchen and beyond. Learn to purify water, make your own ice cream, and more!

Click here for some fabulous food fun!

Ice Cream Maker Space

Calling all ice cream lovers ages 6-16! Join us Thursday, July 16 to take part in our Ice Cream Maker Space program. We'll be making delicious homemade ice cream with all ingredients supplied - just bring your sweet tooth and enjoy! Registration is required. 

Please sign up for one of the following timeslots. Registration begins on June 25.

Michigan Eats

Chow Down Recipe Cards

Do you have a favorite recipe? Share it with us, or tell us where to find it. Need inspiration? Look under 641 in the non-fiction area of the library. Don’t forget to claim your Chow Down badge online!




Cooking in a Hurry

Graphic Food

Bake sale by Sara Varon

Over easy by Mimi Pond

Peanut by written by Ayun Halliday ; illustrated by Paul Hoppe


The lunch witch. #1 by Deb Lucke

Digital Cooking Magazines

Looking for cooking ideas or recipes while trying to serve nutritious and appealing meals within your budget? You might find help in the food and cooking magazines in our Zinio online magazine database which renders magazines in their full color and glory. You can read them page by page on your computer or tablet. Use your Canton Library card to access and open a free account. 

Here are a few titles to get you started.

Recipes from Around the World

Passport on a plate: a round-the-world cookbook for children by Diane Simone Vezza ; illustrated by Susan Greenstein


One world kids cookbook by Sean Mendez ; foreword by Ferran Adriá


Kids around the world cook!: the best foods and recipes from many lands by Arlette N. Braman ; illustrated by Jo- Ellen Bosson


The international cookbook for kids by Matthew Locricchio ; photographs by Marshall Cavendish


Easy vegetarian foods from around the world by Sheila Griffin Llanas

eCookbooks

International Cooking

Barefoot in Paris: easy French food you can make at home by Ina Garten ; photographs by Quentin Bacon ; food styling by Rori Trovato ; styling by Miguel Flores-Vianna

My Paris kitchen: recipes and stories by David Lebovitz ; photography by Ed Anderson

Ciao Tuscany: recipes from the PBS series, Cucina Toscana by Damian Mandola & Johnny Carrabba ; with John Demers ; photography by Watt Matthews Casey, Jr

The food and cooking of Russia & Poland: explore the rich and varied cuisine of Eastern Europe in more than 150 classic step-by-step recipes illustrated with over 740 photographs by Elena Makhonko and Ewa Michalik

Cooking from the heart of Spain: food of La Mancha by Janet Mendel

Slimming Down

Foodie Fiction

Take a bite out of great novels and graphic novels that work food/eating into the narrative ingredients.

Letting Ana go by Anonymous

Kitchen princess omnibus. 1 by Natsumi Ando; story by Miyuki Kobayashi ; translated by Satsuki Yamashita; adapted by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir



Hot lunch by Alex Bradley

Taste test by Kelly Fiore



Peanut by Ayun Halliday; illustrated by Paul Hoppe

Otomen. Vol. 12 by Aya Kanno

So Real You Can Taste It: Food-Themed Picture Books

Take a taste of some great picture books that put a twist on food and mealtime. They are great for sharing with a hungry young mind!

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett



Peanut Butter & Cupcake! by Terry Border



The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle



Foodie babies wear bibs by Michelle Sinclair Colman and Nathalie Dion

The best lunch by Terri Dougherty and Patrick Kouse


You are the pea, and I am the carrot by J. Theron Elkins and Pascal Lemaitre

Teen Cooking Books

Teens cook dessert by Megan and Jill Carle, with Judi Carle

Teens cook: how to cook what you want to eat by Megan and Jill Carle ; with Judi Carle ; photography by Jessica Boone

Eat fresh food: awesome recipes for teen chefs by Rozanne Gold and her all-star team ; photographs by Phil Mansfield

Food on Film for the Whole Family

Sink your tastebuds into a good movie this summer.

Ratatouille [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation

How to eat fried worms [videodisc] by Gran Via ; Imagine Entertainment ; New Line Cinema ; Walden Media ; produced by Mark Johnson, Philip Steuer ; screenplay by Bob Dolman ; directed by Bob Dolman

Bee movie [videodisc] by produced by Jerry Seinfeld, Christina Steinberg ; written by Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, Andy Robin ; directed by Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith ; music, Rupert Gregson-Williams

Cooking Up Fun: Stories With Characters Who Cook

Food lovers can enjoy these scrumptious stories featuring characters who are cooks or who just love to dabble in the kitchen.


Recipe for disaster by Laura Driscoll



Ratatouille: the junior novelization by Kitty Richards


Madame Pamplemousse and her incredible edibles by Rupert Kingfisher ; illustrated by Sue Hellard



Going overboard! by Nancy Krulik ; illustrated by John & Wendy



Evertaster: course of legends by Adam Glendon Sidwell



Cookie by Jacqueline Wilson ; illustrated by Nick Sharratt