Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ . I chose characters who bake, since baking is another favorite hobby of mine.
- Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Rae is famous for her cinnamon rolls.
- The Hannah Swenson series by Joanne Fluke. Hannah owns The Cookie Jar and bakes all kinds of cookies and other goodies. There are lots of recipes in each book.
- The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Peeta, of course, is known as “the boy with the bread”.
- Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery. Anne’s first attempt at baking a cake is dismal, as she flavors it with liniment, but she improves.
- The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. The protagonist, Ponyboy Curtis, and his brothers love chocolate cake for breakfast. The brothers, Darry and Sodapop, take turns baking cakes so they always have it on hand.
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner. The Gladers’ designated cook, Frypan, claims to use wax paper when he bakes. I call shenanigans!
- The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket. Sunny Baudelaire develops an interest in cookery, as the Series of Unfortunate Events goes on. In this book she bakes a coconut cake for her sister Violet’s birthday.
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Mrs. MacGregor apparently baked a rabbit pie out of Peter’s father!
- Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. In the chapter titled Cookies, Toad bakes a large batch of cookies and the friends try not to eat them all.
- Homer Price by Robert McCloskey. My favorite of Homer’s adventures is the seemingly endless supply of doughnuts he bakes with Uncle Ulysses’s labor saving device.
My mother reminded me of one I missed! Mrs. Goose, from Just Mrs. Goose by Miriam Clark Potter. The chapter about the Hatbox Cake is in a storybook collection that my grandmother gave our family before I was born. It’s hilarious!