à la alphabet soup

h1 August 13th, 2008 by jules

Can I just tell you that there are so many books I want to talk about, but my increased work-load, as we’ve already covered, is keeping me from that right now? But no worries. ‘Cause, while I get my act together, you have things like this to read over at good blogs like this.

Yes, it’s the one and the only TadMack—a.k.a. Tanita Davis, author by day, blogger by night (or is it the other way around?), and always-champion-of-YA-books—interviewed over at Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup. That Jama knows how to do her interviews, and it opens with the loveliest photo of Tanita that you just have to see. Jama posted this on Monday, I think it was, and I sat my wee girls down with some watercolors and paintbrushes and told ’em to go crazy — just so I could read that interview without interruption. I didn’t even turn my head away from the computer monitor as they painted the kitchen table.

So, go see. It’ll be worth your time, I promise. Plus, you’ll learn all about Tanita’s hidden talents and secret crushes. Enjoy!

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3 comments to “à la alphabet soup”

  1. Thanks for the shout out, Jules. 🙂 Did the girls really paint the kitchen table?


  2. always. they always do. but there’s a reason we have an older, very worn, very loved kitchen table (as well as most of our furniture right now). they’re young. they make messes. when they’re older, we’ll get nicer furniture.

    in fact, my husband talks about turning this kitchen table over one day and letting them paint the underside of it. wouldn’t that be fun?

    (p.s. i do clean up the paints. really.)


  3. I love stories with recipes! I’ve never come across a vegetarian one, but I never thought to look before. Yay!

    Do you know the Cyrano re-telling with recipes Tanita mentions early in the interview? Any other suggestions for stories with recipes or vegetarians?

    Without picking my brain too hard, these pop into my mind:

    How to Eat Fried Worms

    Like Water for Chocolate

    Warthogs in the Kitchen (There are two capcake recipes at the end, but I don’t think the cupcake recipe for humans would actually work.)

    Weetzie Bat– Isn’t Weetzie a vegetarian?

    Winnie the Pooh and Tigger (Little Golden Book)–No recipe, but this one got a strong reaction in our family: my boys insisted that I make watercress sandwiches and extract of malt (what on earth is extract of malt?!?) sandwiches for them. I was the only one who liked the watercress filling and ended up using it as a bagel spread.

    “Pancakes” by Joan Bauer (in Trapped! Cages of Mind and Body)– It’s just a delicious story that makes me hungry for pancakes.


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