Alice Eats: A Wonderland Cookbook is a collaboration between cookbook author Julie Van Rosendaal and illustrator Pierre A. Lamielle. In their book, the duo re-imagines the familiar classic by Lewis Carroll by way of the food Alice encounters on her way through Wonderland. Pierre's illustrations and Julie's recipes are accompanied by the full text of the Alice story, guaranteeing that you've probably never seen another cookbook quite like this one.
(The recipes are great too—I can vouch for the Sunken Dark-Chocolate Cake, which I made last week and was totally delicious…)
Pierre and Julie answered a few questions about their book, and were kind enough to share two recipes for your enjoyment.
49th Shelf: When I think of culinary Alices, I think of Alice Waters, and "Alice’s Restaurant." But here, you’ve gone and given the most literary of Alices her very own cookbook! Can you tell us about the role that food plays in the Alice in Wonderland story?
Pierre: When we think about food in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland we tend to immediately think of Eat Me cakes or the Drink Me drink. But there are food references throughout her adventure, from the Mad Hatter's Tea Party to the Queen's tarts. Alice runs into food throughout Wonderland; sometimes it helps h …
About The Legend of the Fog, from Inhabit Media: In this traditional Inuit story, a simple walk on the tundra becomes a life-or-death journey for a young man. When he comes across a giant who wants to take him home and cook him for dinner, the young man's quick thinking saves him from being devoured by the giant and his family, and in the process, releases the first fog into the world. Written by Cape Dorset elder Qaunaq Mikkigak and Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award–nominated author Joanne Schwartz, this action-packed picture book brings a centuries-old traditional tale to life.
Writer Joanne Schwartz is a children's librarian at the Toronto Public Library and has a special interest in picture books. She is the author of Our Corner Grocery Store , illustrated by Laura Beingessner, and City Numbers and City Alphabet, with photos by Matt Beam. She lives with her two daughters in Toronto.
Julie Wilson: The Legend of the Fog is one of the most gorgeous, haunting books I've read in a long time. And it isn't the first time you've collaborated with another creator for a book. What draws you to these partnerships?
Joanne Schwartz: In my two previous books, City Alphabet and City Numbers, published by Groundwood Books, I collaborated with writer/photographer Matt Beam. I …
Cheryl Foggo is the author of Dear Baobab, illustrated by Qin Leng (Second Story Press). Dear Baobab is about a young boy, Maiko, who moves to North America from his village in Tanzania. He begins to identify with—and converse with—a little spruce tree that grows too close to his house. Rather than destroyed, the tree is ultimately relocated to a forest with the care of Maiko and his new family. It's about displacement, adopted homes and familial support. This summer, Quill & Quire gave Dear Baobab its highly-coveted Starred Review.
I had a chance to correspond with Cheryl about her personal and political journey as a writer, and the absence of people of colour in children's lit.
Julie Wilson: I've been thinking a lot about conversations I've had of late with editors and authors about the over-saturated publishing marketplace. Are there too many books? What constitutes a "necessary" book? Is that a dangerous question to ask? I consider your latest book, Dear Baobab, necessary and essential, yet it clearly comes from a personal place. Do you consider yourself a political writer? For instance, when writing this book, were you consciously responding to an absence of stories about people of colour?
Cheryl Foggo: Although my impulse to write comes from a creative cor …