How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Marjorie Priceman, Alfred A. Knopf, 1995)
I have never come across another picture book that is a culinary adventure story (if you know of one let me know!). This book includes step-by-step instructions about how to collect the ingredients for and make an apple pie. It also shares practical advice that you won’t get just anywhere, such as finding a chicken and bringing it with you to reduce the chances of breaking the eggs. The ending of this picture book ties in cleverly with the beginning, hinting that another excursion to collect the ingredients to make ice cream may be necessary. Thankfully the adventure is over, because the reader may feel slightly exhausted from the international pie-making adventure that they have just been taken on. In my opinion, the final page turn is even more satisfying than eating apple pie ‘a la mode’ (and that is tough to compete with). This picture book will be a favourite for food lovers, travellers, and those that enjoy a little silliness.