Published by Harry N. Abrams
Summary: When a family gathers for Sunday dinner, the narrator heads out to the kitchen for cooking lessons from Granny. Macaroni and cheese, greens, grilled meats: for each one she offers this refrain, “Unless [food] is on the table, it’s not Soul Food Sunday.” After he follows her instructions, she tells him each dish is the best she’s seen in all her life. While the food is being carried to the table, the boy remembers one thing they forgot, and works by himself to mix up a pitcher of iced tea. Once again, Granny declares it the best of her life, adding “unless sweet tea is on the table, it’s not Soul Food Sunday.” Includes notes from the author and illustrator and a mac ‘n’ cheese recipe. 48 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A heartwarming story of food and family, with brilliantly colored illustrations that will get your mouth watering. The repeated refrains in the text would make this a fun read-aloud.
Cons: The text’s font is kind of small and sometimes is hard to see against the intense colors of the illustrations.