How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
By: Marjorie Priceman
When an American baker’s plan to make an apple pie is thwarted by a fishing grocer, she sets out on an unbelievable escapade around the world to gather all the necessary ingredients. Beginning in Italy, she travels to France, Sri Lanka, England, Jamaica, and Vermont gathering wheat, a chicken, bark, a cow, salty seawater, sugarcane and apples before heading home. Once home she begins the daunting task of turning her raw materials into ingredients, such as grinding the bark into cinnamon.
We loved reading this silly book! There are many opportunities for discussion: the cultures and agriculture of the countries she visits, the modes of transportation she uses (including steamship, airplane, bicycle, train and school bus), and the methods of converting raw materials to ingredients (milling, grinding, milking, churning, boiling, etc.).
Making an apple pie would be the perfect activity for this book, but since it’s August and we don’t have AC, baking is out of the question. We’ll be sure to resume apple pie baking in the fall. In the meantime, enjoy reading about our Homemade Butter experience.
This book sounds like a good one. With four girls, construction and bulldozer books don’t really cut it. But Tim and I both want to impress on our kids on the importance of being self-sufficient and eating good real food. That butter trick was really cool too. Though I don’t know if I would have the patience to shake that long.