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Friends and Family: A New Blog for Teachers; Food and History

Mary Ann Cappiello sent me this notice: she and two colleagues have created a new blog called “The Classroom Bookshelf: Teaching with Children’s and Young Adult Literature in the 21st Century.”

 We’ll update the blog every Monday, and each blog entry will contain three sections: Book Review, Teaching Invitations (at a variety of grade spans for the same book, to speak to each book’s versatility), and Further Explorations (web links, additional book recommendations). Our first entry is on Poetrees by Doug Florian. Next week, we’ll be posting about Rain School by James Rumford, and the week after that, we’ll be posting on Sugar.  For this week’s post, you can go to:
Last night we had a small book party for the book on Sugar which Marina and I wrote. The event was held at Ultramarinos, a Latin Food store owned by Maricel Preseiila, a good friend of ours: Maricel and I met in graduate school when we were both medievalists. She went on to get a doctorate in medieval Spanish history while I peeled off to US. Everything in the store last night told a sugar story — from the fresh cane she crushed and served as a drink, to the black beans from Venezuela that come with sugar, to the savories — medieval Spanish recipes via Latin America in which sugar is used as a spice, not a sweetener, to the cones of dark, dark sugar with a carmel taste that are common fare in many parts of the world — though not here. I wish every copy of our book could come with a little tasting kit — not only because the food was delicious but because so many of the flavors and combintions were new and unfamiliar. It might white sugar feel bland indeed.


  1. I checked out the Classroom Bookshelf blog and found a couple of great ideas. I am looking forward to following that blog . What a nice find !

  2. Marc Aronson says:

    glad it was useful — keep us informed as you explore it

  3. Thank you so much, this was very interesting. I was actually born in Madrid (I’m not telling what year though!) but was moved around various parts of europe and lastly settled in England when I was 6. I dont remember an awful lot of the few years I was in spain, but the delicious smell of spanish food always seems to get me going or something. It’s weird how I dont remember anything except the smells,isn’t it! I actually found a website dedicated to spanish recipes, which gave me great delight and thought I ought to share with your readers. Anyway, thank you again. I’ll get my husband to add your feed to my rss thing…