Who knew? March is National NOODLE month, but October is National PASTA month!
According to Merriam Webster’s Online Dictionary:
1 : a food paste made usually with egg and shaped typically in ribbon form
1 : paste in processed form (as macaroni) or in the form of fresh dough (as ravioli)
2 : a dish of cooked pasta
So this month we’ll celebrate the NOODLE!
Here are some books about… NOODLES!
13 : thirteen stories that capture the agony and ecstasy of being thirteen
edited by James Howe
“If thirteen is supposed to be an unlucky number…you would think a civilized society could come up with a way for us to skip it.”
— from “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” by Bruce Coville
Includes the story: Noodle soup for nincompoops by Ellen Wittlinger
No one will want to skip any of the twelve short stories and one poem that make up this collection by some of the most celebrated contemporary writers of teen fiction. The big bar mitzvah that goes suddenly, wildly, hilariously out of control. A first kiss — and a realization about one’s sexual orientation. A crush on a girl that ends up putting the boy who likes her in the hospital. A pair of sneakers a kid has to have. By turns funny and sad, wrenching and poignant, the moments large and small described in these stories capture perfectly the agony and ecstasy of being thirteen.
by Paulette Mitchell
here are more than 100 fabulous noodle dishes—delicious, nutritious, and ready in a flash! Attention noodle-lovers! Whether Italian pastas or Asian varieties, noodles are so versatile they make preparing great meals easy. They’re “good mood food” too, making every dish filling and pleasurable eating. In The 15-Minute Gourmet: Noodles, author Paulette Mitchell shares her no-fail recipes for tasty dishes that are impressive enough to wow guests, yet hearty enough to satisfy a hungry family. So, forget fast food places and toss those take-out menus! You can have great food on the table in 15 minutes with this terrific cookbook geared to help busy cooks eat well.
Strega Nona : an old tale
retold and illustrated by Tomie de Paola
PICTURE BOOK DEP
Yes… I know. This is a picture book. Don’t let that frighten you off!!! This is a GREAT picture book!
Strega Nona — “Grandma Witch” — is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results.
Yup. Another picture book. However, if you’re going to read the first one, why not read about how everything all began too?
Tomie dePaola serves as “biographer” to his delightful Italian sorceress, Strega Nona, in this beautifully drawn prequel. The tale begins with little Nona’s birth on a dark and stormy night, and ends where the original Strega Nona picks up-with Strega Nona taking on the bumbling, knock-kneed Big Anthony as an apprentice. This winsome story is illustrated throughout with Tomie dePaola’s warm and sunny watercolors!