An OverviewAuthor Virginia Ellison's love for her subject shines throughout The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook. Combine that with a beautifully designed cookbook, tasty recipes at an appropriate level of difficulty for children, and the artwork of the legendary Pooh illustrator Ernest H. Shepard, and you have a most appealing children's cookbook.
The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook was originally published about 40 years ago as The Pooh Cook Book. The new title is not the only change; the cookbook has also been redesigned and revised. The subtitle remains Inspired by Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne.
The Book's Design and IllustrationsThe book jacket features a color illustration by Ernest H. Shepard of Winnie-the-Pooh, dressed as a chef, standing by the stove flipping a pancake while Eyore, Piglet and other friends watch. The color scheme of bright blue, coupled with vertical yellow and white stripes, on the cover and chapter title pages, with white as a background color for the recipes and bright blue for the quotations gives the book a cohesive and elegant look. The actual cover of The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook is a warm blue with a number of bright blue spot illustrations by Shepard.
Shepard's pen and ink spot color illustrations are sprinkled throughout the book. Every recipe not only has an illustration from Winnie-the-Pooh or The House at Pooh Corner, it also has a food-related quotation from one of the books. The title page of each chapter features yellow and white vertical stripes bordering a large light blue panel on which is the title of the chapter and a pen and ink illustration by Ernest H. Shepard.
The RecipesIn the book's Introduction, Virginia Ellison suggests to young readers, "If you have never read those books, why not start at the beginning of Winnie-the-Pooh and read the ten chapters in it, one at each meal, and then the ten in The House at Pooh Corner." After doing that, she tells young readers, they can play a guessing game as to which chapter and book each quotation in The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook comes from.
The recipes are divided into eight categories, with a chapter for each:
- Smackerels, Elevenses & Teas
- Provisions for Picnics & Expotitions
- Lunches & Suppers
- Desserts & Party Recipes
- Winter Delights
- Honey Sauces
The Author and IllustratorVirginia Ellison wrote several other books inspired by A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books. They include The Pooh Get-Well Book and The Pooh Party Book. The Pooh Cookbook, like the other Ellison books, is out-of-print, so it's nice to have The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook available.
Ernest H. Shepard's illustrations for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books have endeared him to innumerable children for several generations. Shepard created the cover and 8 original pen and ink sketches just for the cookbook, which also features spot illustrations from Winnie-the-Pooh and The House by Pooh Corner.