“And it was just right”: Food and cooking in children’s literature

Image of the pumpkin page from the children's book Billy Bounce
From Billy Bounce: "Come, now, don't give me any of your tomato sauce."

Event Information

December 4th, 2013 through January 15th
Lower Level Display Cases, Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave.
Event Type

These folk tales, adventure stories, cookbooks, advertising pamphlets, and didactic novels from the U-M Library's Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive and Children’s Literature Collection use images and descriptions of food to amuse, instruct, admonish, reassure, tempt, warn, and raise that  “eew-gross”  reaction so loved by children of a certain age.

Stories for children are full of food, from Little Red Riding Hood’s basket of goodies to Harry Potter’s earwax-flavored jelly beans. Since at least the mid-19th century children have been a distinct audience for cookbooks and other food-related publications. This exhibit brings together materials from two fascinating strengths of the library: Children’s Literature and American Culinary History. Come and explore the roles food plays in children’s literature, and the ways books on food address children.

Exhibit curated by William Gosling, University Librarian Emeritus, and JJ Jacobson, curator of the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive, from items in the Special Collections Library.

Additional Infomation

Host Contact
JJ Jacobson nonesuch@umich.edu
Page maintained by Mary C. Morris
Last modified: 11/22/2013