How to be a voracious reader, literally

I was thinking about an essay I read a decade or so ago, in which the author declared that books made him (?) hungry. Winnie the Pooh made his books sticky with honey, and a scene in Huckleberry Finn made him grab an apple–he had to eat the things he read. A voracious reader for sure… Ahem. Sorry.

I’m guessing he never read How to Eat Fried Worms.

Here’s something you don’t expect to see on the cover of a book about a boy who bets he can eat 15 worms in 15 days: “Look inside for weird and wormy recipes.” Fortunately, the worms are substituted with gummies and carrot strips. Billy, though, isn’t that lucky. If he wants 50 bucks for a bike, he has to prove to his buddies he can eat a worm a day. He becomes quite the squirmy gourmand, even eating worms with condiments and cornmeal. Problem is, Alan and Joe have no intention of letting him win the bet.

If you’ve got kids who must eat what they read, the fake worm recipes should do nicely. Or try cheese curls or corn curls; I always figured worms in cornmeal would taste something like that, only wormy.

For more literary culinary ideas, check out Wookie Cookies, The Anne of Green Gables CookbookBook Cooks, and American Girls Cookbook. See also the blog I Cooked the Books, especially the post “A Hungry Girl in Discworld.”

About Amy

Children's librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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