Maine author has kids under her spell with fairy-themed cookbook

Sarah Walker Caron, BDN Senior Editor, Special to The County
7 years ago

From magical wands to inspired breads to outdoors-only creations, the new “Fairy House Cooking: Simple Scrumptious Recipes & Fairy Party Fun!” by Liza Gardner Walsh is part imagination, part cookbook and total fun.

A former preschool teacher, Walsh’s whimsical cookbook includes a selection of real recipes for human fairy-lovers (Bird’s Nest Cookies, for instance) and fun, more imaginary ones (Swirly Sparkly Fairy Dust, for instance) for creating treats for fairies and their animal friends. Plus, there are tidbits about fairies, food-based crafts (like Glittery Fairy Face Paint and Watermelon Fairy Houses) and information on hosting parties, too. There’s even a whole section on edible flowers. It’s creative, fun and nourishing — perfect for getting kids and their favorite adults into the kitchen together.

“The idea is to create food inspired by fairies,” Walsh, who lives in Camden, said. “There’s a section about parties because fairies love parties.”

One of her favorite parts is a lesson on how to make a proper pot of tea by illustrator Hazel Mitchell, who is British. There’s also a recipe for birdseed cookies, which hang on trees for birds to nibble on.

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