Need a good meal to go with that book?
By Morgan on March 29th, 2011
Yesterday Flavorwire had an inspiring list of 10 food and literature pairings, where they chose which foods readers should snack on as they devour certain titles. We love a good top 10 list here at OOM, and while the pairings Flavorwire chose are pretty amazing, there was something missing: children’s books!
Children’s books and food go together like Clifford and Emily Elizabeth. Like Harry and Dumbledore. Like the Frizz and the Magic School Bus! So we created our own list of the Top 5 Food and Kid Lit pairings.
Grab some napkins and read on!
1. Goosebumps: Reading a Goosebumps book from RL Stine can feel like watching a movie: you’re on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, utterly lost to the world around you. And we all know there’s only one thing to eat at the movie theater (well, if you ask me, anyhow): popcorn. A little bit of butter, some salt, and something fizzy to drink goes perfectly with the chills and thrills of this series!
2. The Hunger Games: The answer is bread. The reasons are obvious. Grab yourself a fresh-baked roll from a local deli and hunker down with this bestselling trilogy from Suzanne Collins. Whether you bake it, toast it, or French-style it, may the odds be ever in your favor.
3. The 39 Clues: From Boston to Philadelphia to Paris to Egypt to Russia and everywhere in between, you’ll be thirsting for a taste from every country you can find. Pair up this book with a steaming international buffet so you can explore cuisine from the same places Amy and Dan Cahill visit. (Make sure you tip your server – with 10 books in the first part of the series, you’ll be at the restaurant for hours!)
4. The Baby-sitters Club: As an avid BSC fan, I am well aware of just how big a role food plays in this series. Stacey has a strict diet for health reasons; Claudia has a raging candy addiction; Dawn leans organic and tofu-based. So while anything goes, food-wise, with the BSC, I recommend one thing in particular: pizza. A quick, easy, family-friendly meal that everyone loves (including, I’m guessing, the Pike kids.)
5. Chasing Vermeer: Blue Balliett’s books are set in Chicago, and Vermeer in particular incorporates famous art and international intrigue. Really, nothing else meets your needs as you read Chasing Vermeer besides a good old-fashioned Chicago-style hot dog. It’s a work of art unto itself!
Readers, what do you like to snack on as you read? Let us know in the comments!