The famously rotund bear is happiest when in possession of a brimming pot of honey, but when it comes time for meals and smackerels, the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood need something a little more substantial. This delightful collection contains over fifty tried-and-true recipes for readers of all ages to make and enjoy, starting with Poohanpiglet pancakes and ending with a recipe for getting thin-with honey sauces, holiday treats, and dishes for every mealtime in between.
Forty years after its original publication, this updated and beautifully redesigned cookbook features quotes from the original books and Ernest H. Shepard's beloved drawings, which leap off the pages in full color.
About the Author
Ernest H. Shepard was born in 1879 in London. His father was an architect and his mother whodied when he was ten years old was the daughter of a notable watercolorist. It was she who firstencouraged young Ernest to paint and draw. Art became Ernest's passion, and after attendingHeatherly's Art School and the Royal Acadamy Schools, Shepard supported himself by drawingfor the illustrated papers and by illustrating books.
In 1903, Shepard married Florence Chaplin. Florence was a mural painter and fellow student atthe Academy. The Shepards had two children: Graham, who was killed in World War II, andMary, who later illustrated Mary L. Travers Mary Poppins books.
When World War I broke out, Shepard served in France, Belgium, and Italy, attaining the rank ofMajor. On his return to England, he continued with his art. He became a regular contributor toPunch, the classic British humor magazine, where he met A. A. Milne, a man who was to beinstrumental to his career. Shepard was elected to the editorial board of Punch, and shortlythereafter, he agreed to do the illustrations for Milne's first book of verse, When We Were VeryYoung.
The illustrations that Shepard created for all four of the Pooh books received worldwide acclaim.For the next thirty years, he continued to illustrate books for both adults and children. In 1973,for the first time, he added color to his drawings for Winnie-the-Pooh. Shepard ultimately donatedseveral hundred drawings to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Ernest H. Shepard continued to pursue his love of drawing until his death in1976.copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a whimsical cookbook, broadly inspired by A.A. Milne's classic novels Winnie-the-Pooh and House at Pooh Corner. Ellison, the writer of the cookbook, tried to infuse her recipes with the charm of WInnie the Pooh, and most page spreads are accompanied by drawings of the much loved characters. The recipes are divided up by type, as is typical in a cookbook, but the author here had a little fun with her divisions, calling one section "Smackerels, Elevenses & Teas" and another "Provisions for Picnics & Expotitions". The recipes themselves are mostly home comfort meals that derive from a story or chapter in the above-mentioned books, and sometimes are directly drawn from Milne's stories. Many of the recipes feature honey, which is a nice touch.I'm not a big cook, and I bought this for a baby shower that was themed with Winnie the Pooh. Fortunately, there are a few simple dessert and sauce recipes here that I was able to use, and they tasted delicious! Unfortunately, most of the recipes involve a more experienced chef than I will ever be, calling on the user of the book to cream salmon, boil and peel potatoes (okay, not difficult, but not something I want to do again), alternate flour and milk mixtures until you have a finely textured cake batter, and other exacting skills. I don't foresee myself using much of this cookbook in the future, but other real cooks out there would probably love it. The dishes all sound yummy - I just need someone to make them for me. Also, I enjoyed reading it. The directions have a personality most cookbooks lack, the illustrations are sweet, and the food described made my mouth water. This is a great cookbook, but meant for people who have much more time and inclination for cooking than myself.
This book has fun recipes in it as well as fun quotes and great Pooh art in it!