The Little Women Cookbook: Novel Takes on Classic Recipes from Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and Friends is available now! If you’re curious about our research process/want more details, welcome to the nerdiest corner of our already very nerdy blog. We’ll be posting extra material about our book (and updating this page with links) every week, all the way through Christmas.
Every Food & Drink in Little Women
When the publisher approached us about writing a Little Women-themed cookbook, the immediate first step was to re-read the novel and create a Little Women Food and Drink Index and Concordance.
Little Women Story Timeline
Once the dishes were decided, the next step was to set our own definitive timeline of the story.
Little Women Menu Ideas
Planning a Little Women-themed meal? Here’s a list of ideas that are straight from the book!
Due to limited space, we couldn’t include all the recipes we tested, even though we truly loved some of these outtakes.
The Pudding Meg Promised
Mrs. Kirke’s Mushroom Catsup
Beth’s Apple Tapioca
Beth’s Onion Soup
Hannah’s Beef Pie
Hannah’s Oyster Fritters
Hannah’s Hard Gingerbread
Here are weird factoids we learned while reading up on Victorian American cuisine.
The Annotated Bibliography
Here we extol the most important references and resources from our research process.
Our acknowledgements are in the book too, but we want to thank those who helped us with the writing and recipe-testing process one more time online.