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!

Cookbook Previews
Get a sneak peek at select recipes from our book!
     Jo’s Gingerbread Nuts for Roars
     Three Hebes’ Lemonade
     Amy’s Cold Tongue & Ham Sandwiches
     Amy’s French Chocolate

Recipe Outtakes
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

Make Your Own Little Women Paper Dolls
Download and print paper doll coloring sheets of the March sisters, along with their special outfits and props!
     Meg March
     Jo March
     Beth March
     Amy March

Trivia Tidbits
Here are weird factoids we learned while reading up on Victorian American cuisine.
     Victorian Thickeners
     Lobster — From Embarrassing to Elegant

The Annotated Bibliography
Here we extol the most important references and resources from our research process.
     Book Review: The Young Housekeeper’s Friend
     Book Review:  Food in the Civil War Era: The North
     Book Review: Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts
     The Little Women Cookbook: The Recipes & Their References

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.