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

About the Book

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

Written by Emily Jenkins with illustrations by Sophie Blackall.

In this fascinating picture book, 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 a slave 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.

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat
Written by Emily Jenkins with illustrations by Sophie Blackall.