Mother Earth Day

Since yesterday was International Mother Earth Day, I thought a reposting of this favorite was in order.

We’ve all heard the old adage, “Never judge a book by it’s cover.” However, in the case of Elliot’s Extraordinary Cookbook,  you can.  This adorable light read of a recipe book is more charming illustrations and kid-friendly factoids, than truly recipes.  Originally published in Stockholm, Sweden with pictures by Lena Anderson and text by Christina Bjork, the recipe book is a mere 57 pages.

Elliot will win you over and teach a young one all about cooking, food history and more. You could even use this book during a story time period. Yes! It’s that cute. Of the recipes found in the book, the following made me smile.

Grass Sandwich

“I cut some dill, parsley, watercress or garden cress, and chives onto a plate. Then I butter a piece of bread and dip it into the cut herbs. They stick to the bread and make a grass sandwich.”

Note:  Maybe you’ll think about this next time you’re mowing your lawn?


Resource Attribution:  R&S Books via Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Elliot’s Extraordinary Cookbook. New York, NY: 1990.

Photo Credit: contributor Kakisky (rotary mower).


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