A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily JenkinsA Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat

byEmily JenkinsIllustratorSophie Blackall

Picture Books | January 27, 2015

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New York Times Best Illustrated Book

From highly acclaimed author Jenkins and Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator Blackall comes a fascinating picture book in which four families, in four different cities, over four centuries, make the same delicious dessert: blackberry fool. This richly detailed book ingeniously shows how food, technology, and even families have changed throughout American history.

In 1710, a girl and her mother in Lyme, England, prepare a blackberry fool, picking wild blackberries and beating cream from their cow with a bundle of twigs. The same dessert is prepared by an enslaved girl and her mother in 1810 in Charleston, South Carolina; by a mother and daughter in 1910 in Boston; and finally by a boy and his father in present-day San Diego.

Kids and parents alike will delight in discovering the differences in daily life over the course of four centuries.

Includes a recipe for blackberry fool and notes from the author and illustrator about their research.
EMILY JENKINS has written many highly acclaimed books for children, including Water in the Park, a Booklist Editors' Choice and a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; Lemonade in Winter, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; and two Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Books: Five Creatures and That New Animal. She is also the author of the popular...
Title:A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious TreatFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:44 pages, 9.75 × 11.94 × 0.5 inPublished:January 27, 2015Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375868321

ISBN - 13:9780375868320


Editorial Reviews

“There is no other word but delicious.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review“More than mere confection, A Fine Dessert is a rich and satisfying journey across four centuries…simply delectable.”—School Library Journal, starred review“A delicious book about a delicious treat.”—Booklist, starred review"This is classic Jenkins in its seemingly casual, observation-rich text; the folkloric structure of the process makes the prose rhythmic and readable, while the changing settings mark the significant historical and industrial shifts over the centuries."—Bulletin, starred review