Are you the type of person who talks about your next meal while eating a huge plate of food?
Well, we do and as a foodie, not only are we uber grateful to have full bellies, but we’re also thankful for books that feature food.
On today’s book list are novels that not only talk about food but everything that surrounds food like healthy eating, science, family, sharing and friendships. Food is something we can all connect with especially when it's delivered through books that are uplifting.
Let’s have a look!
1. Chumki & Aunty Gadgudi's Magic Mirror by Purnota Dutta Bahl
Poor little Chumki keeps falling sick, which has her worried since she's been given the lead role in the annual day play. Luckily, a feisty wellness fairy, Aunty Gadgudi, shows up with her magic mirror, that unlocks the secret as to why she’s sick. Follow the two characters as they uncover healthy tips on what to eat so that Chumki gets strong and can perform at her school’s play.
Read Chumki & Aunty Gadgudi's Magic Mirror here
2. Petu Pumpkin Tiffin Thief by Arundhati Venkatesh
Petu Pumpkin is a big foodie and loves eating. He even starts to empty his friends’ tiffin boxes, stealing them so that he can sample all their food. Wanting to save their lunches, his friends form a secret society. Will their plan, which involves of a magic potion and super glue work or will Petu Pumpkin continue to eat their packed lunches? We bet you won’t be disappointed with the answer!
Read Petu Pumpkin Tiffin Thief here
3. Why Does A Poori Puff Up? By Varsha Joshi
Is there anything more delicious than a hot, crispy, puffed poori? You can have them with savory curries or eat them with a summery fresh shrikhand. Aditi and Aarav love pooris and they want to know just how their mummy gets them all puffy and yummy. There is an exact science behind it and Aditi and Aarav decide to decode the method while their mummy’s is making a fresh batch of pooris.
Read Why Does a Poori Puff up? here
4. Lucky Girl by Shabnam Minwalla
Sumi’s mom is a super-chef and makes her all sort of interesting dishes like pumpkin peel muffins and 'furry leaf' parathas. There is always something super healthy being conjured up in the kitchen but Sumi’s heart is set on some yummy fatty food. Can she attempt making herself something to eat or does she stick it out with her mom’s food? You might want to have a snack while reading this one!
Read Lucky Girl here
5. Dum Dum-a-Dum Biryani! By Gayathri Tirthapura
There is utter chaos when Saira aunty announces she is arriving for lunch with 23 people. Normally that wouldn’t be a cause for concern, but since Ammi is ill, it’s up to siblings Basha and Sainabi to whip up Ammi’s famous Dum Biryani. It so turns out that Basha is a budding chef and can cook the biryani but the recipe serves only 4 people. Get your math caps on, as the siblings take on this dilemma that tackles both math and biryani!
Read Dum Dum-a-Dum Biryani! here
6. Hot Tea And Warm Rug by Manisha Chaudhry and Mala Kumar
Join Meenu as she talks us through all the different festivals and foods that one can enjoy during the winter months. From the groundnut fair to the hot tea that everyone likes to drink, this book takes a look at the winter season through a refreshing perspective.
Read Hot Tea And Warm Rug here
7. What's Neema Eating Today? By Bijal Vacharajani
Neema is probably the biggest foodie we have on our list today. She absolutely loves to eat, especially when it comes to fresh, seasonal produce. The lovely illustrations of Neema chowing down on food are reason enough to read this book. However, it’s also a great way to introduce your kids to the concept of seasons and the food available throughout the year.
Read What's Neema Eating Today? here
8. Farida Plans a Feast by Maegan Dobson Sippy
Farida has a big heart. Every day she goes around her village collecting food from different people in her tiffin box. This tiffin isn’t for herself though, it’s to share with all the animals that live around her neighborhood - a feast for all her furry friends! A lovely story about sharing our food not just with our friends and family but also our animals.
Read Farida Plans a Feast here
9. Green Eggs and Ham By Dr. Seuss
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Green Eggs and Ham is arguably one of the most famous Dr. Seuss books. If your child hasn’t been introduced to the wonderful world of rhymes and the cat in the hat, then this is a good book to start with. Sam pesters Joey into trying a plate of strange looking green eggs and ham. Through a series of rhymes, Joey finally gives in and realizes he actually quite likes the dish. A great moral and a great classic for your collection.
10. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
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What can we say about this book that hasn’t been said already? A timeless tale that is both whimsical and heartwarming. A book, that no matter how many times you read it, always tugs at those heartstrings towards the end. The movies are great, but nothing comes close to our imaginations running wild with the help of Roald Dahl's excellent storytelling.
Food, food, food! There you have it, a list of books that feature food in their own unique way. We hope you enjoy reading these books as much as we enjoyed curating this list. Now it’s time to tuck into the snack drawer, all this talk about food has made us hungry!
You can read the above mentioned ‘delicious’ books on GetLitt! library – India’s 1st gamified e-library that aims to make every child a happy reader.
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