Kids at the Table: Five Culinary Titles for Black History Month

SUBMITTED BY JENÉ WATSON

Celebrate Black History Month and help kids make the connection between food, culture and community with these titles available at Gwinnett County Public Library.

 

Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie by Robbin Gourley

Long before the natural-food movement gained popularity, Edna Lewis championed purity of ingredients, regional cuisine, and farm-to-table eating. She was a chef when female chefs—let alone African American female chefs—were few and far between. With lyrical text and watercolor illustrations, Robbin Gourley traces the roots of Edna’s appreciation for the bounties of nature through the seasons. Folk rhymes, and songs about food are sprinkled throughout the text, and five kid-friendly recipes and an author’s note about Edna’s life are included.

 

Chef Creole by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

There was a man from New Orleans and his name was Chef Creole. His hair was made of rice, his eyes of red beans, and his feet of beignets. Young readers will delight in this Louisiana picture-book adaptation of the song Aiken Drum.

 

 

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table  by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he’s as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage–or a basketball–in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can’t see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot in Milwaukee he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world.

 

 

Food in the Caribbean by Polly Goodman

This title explores the tropical fruits, drinks, and dishes that are popular in the Caribbean islands. Readers will also learn about how various cultures have influenced different types of Caribbean cuisine. A recipe for a curry dish is included.

 

 

The Little Plant Doctor: A Story About George Washington Carver by Jean Marzollo

If a flower drooped, George asked, “What s the matter? Too much sun? Too little sun?” He moved some plants from sun to shade and others from shade to sun. Nicknamed the Little Plant Doctor, George would try to find a remedy. Jean Marzollo introduces children to a great scientist and encourages them to cultivate a sense of wonder and a desire to explore.