Five favourite children’s storybooks for cooking inspiration


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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  1. Roald Dahl was one of my first literary loves growing up and one day my Dad brought home a copy of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes. It was a simple cook book aimed at kids with recipes about how to make a load of the crazy stuff from the books. My personal favourites were the Enormous Crocodile Sandwich and the Blackbird Pie from The Twits. I wish I still had it but it has vanished somewhere down through the years. I definitely recommend it if they are into his books. I know I loved it.


    • Caroline says:

      That’s a brilliant idea, Mark! I love how Roald Dahl puts food full and centre in so many of his books. Little Missy is just getting into them so that book will be a runner for her next birthday. Incidentally, what went into the Blackbird Pie? Just finished our copy of The Twits – I’m not sure she was totally impressed with the threat of small boy pie!

  2. Cris says:

    I’m looking for a book I had which incorporated in it a chocolate cake recipe. You could read the book to follow the recipe or it was given at the end. I believe it was in verse? A flour less cake?

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