Eating Reading Preparing Animals
By Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown
"... if you love children's literature, you cannot kill animals just because they taste good on a bun. There's more than a bit of hypocrisy involved in urging children to empathize with pandas and polar bears and bunnies and ducks in books and at a distance and then feeding them hamburgers and sliced deli meats."
--Jennifer Armstrong, The Horn Book Magazine, May-June 2010
As children's book authors and carnivorous hypocrites, our love of literature often leads us straight into the kitchen. Here, for your culinary edification, we have sifted through our recipe books, selected our favorite snuggly bedtime companions, and determined how best to eat them up.
Olivia, by Ian Falconer, or "Lisa's Killer BLT." Olivia is young, tender and full of fun. We bet she'd make a yummy bacon, fired up with this season's best heirloom tomatoes and crisp romaine lettuce, on lightly toasted multi-grain bread. Save room for baby brother William!
Frog and Toad Are Friends, by Arnold Lobel. Frog and Toad are also best Together, à la Parisienne, lightly breaded, pan fried, and served with an onion cream sauce.
Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey. Calling all Bostonians! Here's how to eat locally: get ye down to the Commons and pick up a family of mallards. We recommend a glaze of orange zest, honey, coriander, and garlic. Roast until brown, and let rest 10 minutes before carving. It's just the right thing to do.
Click, Clack, Moo, by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. Hmm, cows with electric blankets; presumably that amount of coddling also means they're grass fed. A perfect filet mignon calls for four minutes per each side, a garnish of black pepper, and a side of creamed spinach.
Goodnight, Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd. A good rabbit stew starts with a young restless bunny. There might be more texture with the old bunny whispering hush, but our kitchen thinks she might be tough. The best rabbit stew includes bacon. Mmm, we smell a sequel.
Causes Adele Griffin Supports
Brooklyn Historical Society
Harlem Village Academies
Boys Latin School of Philadelphia