Thank you, Natalie Broulette, for gifting me your book!
“To the moon and back” — it's a phrase often used when we describe just how much we love those we love. “I love you to the moon and back.” And yet, the moon so far away and very much out of reach isn’t the only visual we can give when it comes to how we see and describe love in its greatest forms.
To liken the depths of our love to something that is within our reach, something that nourishes and comforts us, something that makes an appearance at celebrations and as we grieve during times of loss — food. Perhaps that is love defined in its most simple and most grand form. To compare love to food makes perfect sense because it's a thing that ties us all together. It's in the recipes handed down from generation to generation, that first taste of cake (ever!) on a baby's first birthday, the homemade or store bought cookies for the classroom party, the ice cream we lick off the cone in an effort to keep it from dripping on a hot summer day. It is the last bite that we don’t really want to share but do anyway, it's the spread that sits across from us as we gather around a table to give thanks and the thing we most often offer to bring to someone who is healing whether physically or from a broken heart.
Food evokes numerous emotions. One taste can bring a lifetime of memories to the forefront and connect those that may have never met otherwise. More Than Food? written by Natalie Broulette and illustrated by Christy Plummer, while not capable of filling bellies (it's a book after all) will most certainly fill your heart.
Featuring familiar foods as well as some that may be new to budding palates; readers will go on a sweet and savory journey that begins with a little boy's question to his mother, "How much do you love me?” Her initial declaration of love more vast than the stars or the moon could not compare to a love that is as cool as a cucumber or better than toast with jam. Most of the items described are those that little readers can imagine with great ease thanks to how Natalie marries language and charming illustrations of the foods and beverages that are used represent love. My six year old and I read this together and each page captivated her. The rhymes were fun as was seeing what food the mother would use next to describe a love that like the best meals, is only made sweeter when shared.
More Than Food? is a visible reminder of how profound love can be — more profound than what is grown, and prepared and served in an effort to sustain us — the thing that truly does sustain us — love.