Monday, June 29, 2020

Spotlight 29: Cookery

For our second Family Library Spotlight, we've lined up a feast of stories, rhymes, recipes and more on the theme of cooking. Starting with a selection of activities for children and ending with some items for older readers, there's something here to meet everyone's tastes!

Check back on our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week for more treats linked to this week's theme.

Sweet songs and tasty tales

The star of many of Sheffield's library and Concerteenies events, music man Martin Harwood serves up a fruit salad symphony. Join in with The Mango Song!

You can check out more of Martin's regular singalong sessions on his Facebook page.

Next up, we love this poem about Chocolate Cake from We're Going on a Bear Hunt author Michael Rosen. A lot of us (not just children!) will be able to relate to his story of not-so-sneakily helping yourself to an extra treat from the kitchen cupboard...

If you'd like another helping of rhymes and songs, be sure to tune in to our Facebook and Twitter pages at 9am this Friday for another fabulous Rhyme Time with Laura!

Don't just eat your greens - grow them too!

Growing your own veg is a great activity for families to do together, and a fantastic way of getting children to think about where their food comes from.

The Kids in the Garden blog has plenty of advice on how and when to grow different vegetables. There are also tips on how to grow fruit and veg in plant pots around the home - no garden or allotment required!

From an inventive approach to planting strawberries to salad you can grow on your windowsill, there are even more gardening ideas and crafts to try out here, on the National Children’s Gardening Week website.

This lovely story about picky eaters from Vivian French, Oliver's Vegetables, shows how rewarding it can be to grow your own food.

For lots of information on eating healthily and cooking together, take a look at the Food: A Fact of Life website's free resources for children and young people. 

Create your own rainbow of foods

Beki from Highfield Library has a brand new crafty activity for children this week, "I Can Eat a Rainbow!"

Especially when it comes to fruit and veg we're often encouraged to eat food in a variety of colours, and this is a great way to think about all the different foods that are out there for us to enjoy! Here's everything you need to create your own rainbow of foods.


Click the images for a larger view

We'll be featuring this activity on our Facebook page this Tuesday. Please share your colourful culinary rainbows with us!

Veggies assemble!

At our library story times, one of our favourite foodie reads is Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet's Supertato series of picture books. If you've yet to meet this superhero spud and his nemesis Evil Pea, you can listen to the first story here.

From publishers Simon & Schuster, here are some great Supertato activity sheets to download and print!

Dress up your own Supertato!
Colour in some super-veggies!


Cook up a book-themed feast

Have you ever read about a delicious meal in a book and wished you could be eating it alongside the characters?

The Little Library Cafe can help you to do just that, with recipes recreating some of the most memorable dishes from classic novels and children's fiction.

Why not have a go at making Miss Trunchbull's gigantic chocolate cake from Matilda, a pumpkin pasty from Harry Potter, or even green eggs and ham (you'll never know whether you like them or not unless you try them)...

Visit the recipe gallery here. Just click on the book title below any dish for the full recipe!

There are lots of sweet treats for families to bake together here on the BookTrust website, including Nadiya Hussain's recipe for some delicious rainbow fudge.

Discover a smorgasbord of free recipes on our eLibrary

Looking for a little more inspiration in the kitchen? You'll never be short of new recipes to try with our eLibrary.

You can now borrow the latest issues of Olive, BBC Good Food and EasyCook - and keep them for as long as you like! We also have two years' worth of back issues for each magazine, all available for free.

You can also find a selection of recent cookbooks in our eBook library:

The Joyful Home Cook
Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen 
Bosh! Healthy Vegan           The Doctor's Kitchen

Food for thought

In this Waterstones podcast, Lara Williams, Michael Palin and food critic Jay Rayner chat about eating around the world and how great meals bring us together.

Several of the books recommended in the podcast are available in our eLibrary, including:

Creativity During Corona
Think of a note left in someone’s lunch you have prepared – what would you write, and who to?
In the first of this week's Creativity During Corona posts, Claire from Central Library has served up a great selection of poems on the theme of cookery, together with a new batch of activities to spark your imagination and get you writing.

Check out the latest post on our Facebook page.

Do you have a taste for adventure?

Tickets are now available for our upcoming Adventure Book FestivalFrom 13-23 July, we're running a series of free online talks and workshops.

Events include a talk from Black Car Burning author and fell runner Helen Mort and an adventure writing workshop for young people, hosted by our Writer in Residence Nik Perring.

Check out all the festival events on our Eventbrite page - places are limited, so be sure to book your tickets in advance! More events will be announced this week.

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