Alice Hart recalls it as the book that started her love affair with food and cooking and timelessly quotes the words of A.A. Milne in her new book ‘Alice’s Cookbook: New Voices in Food’ and I certainly have distant and fond memories of it…it is of course the Pooh Cookbook.
I only just realised that a new edition of the Pooh Cookbook is to be published when a friend of mine asked me about similar children’s cookbooks after commenting on my review of The Moomin’s Cookbook. I told her that although it was no longer in print, she could probably get a second hand copy online and it was well worth the investment. After having a look myself online, I realised a new book written by Virginia Ellison is due to be published in October 2010.
The book features original illustrations by the nostalgia inducing E.H. Shepard and I just know it will be as charming as its predecessor as the very first illustrations of Pooh bear and all his friends are used.
This gives an indication that it will be all about nostalgia, about finding yourself in the heart of the home, having fun with your friends and making an absolute glorious mess in the kitchen.
Like The Moomin’s Cookbook, it is published by a small, independent publisher (Dutton Books) and I hope they too take as much care in preserving the charm and wisdom of Pooh bear as SelfMadeHero did for MoominMamma!
So with the influx of nostalgic cookery books taking us back to our childhood, this got me thinking how much we need that sense of belonging and family at the moment.
Where better place to get it than from our childhood and where better place to recreate it, than in our kitchens?
The Winnie-the Pooh Cookbook (the original published in the 1970’s was called The Pooh Cookbook) will be published by Dutton Books in hardback on 14th October 2010 RRP £12.99