The Redwall Cookbook (Paperback)

The Redwall Cookbook By Brian Jacques, Christopher Denise (Illustrator) Cover Image

The Redwall Cookbook (Paperback)

Don't miss The Redwall Cookbook! With almost 40 recipes illustrated in full color that capture the charm and magic of the beloved series, this is a perfect gift for fans of all ages.

For years and years, devoted gluttons of the Tales of Redwall have craved the most tantalizing of dishes. Great Hall Gooseberry Fool. Shrimp'n'Hotroot Soup. Mole's Favorite Deeper'n'Ever Turnip'n'Tater'n'Beetroot Pie washed down with Summer Strawberry Fizz.

Now you can create—and even better, EAT—all the fantastic dishes found only behind the Abbey walls of Redwall, home to the brave creatures of Mossflower Wood. With full-color illustrations throughout, tons of vegetarian options, a fun new tale from Redwall to tie together all the recipes, and a special note from Brian Jacques himself, The Redwall Cookbook is certain to turn inexperienced Dibbuns into seasoned chefs. A gift like no other for fans of the series, old or new.

Serve with a generous helping of storytelling magic!
"I sometimes think it ironic for an ex-seaman, longshoreman, truck driver, policeman, bus driver, etc., to find success writing children's novels," says Brian Jacques (pronounced "Jakes"). Yet it is all too true. With the publication of his first children's book in 1987, the award-winning Redwall, Jacques' fresh talent has received exceptional praise from reviewers in the United States and England. Newbery Award winner Lloyd Alexander called it "a fine work, literate, witty, filled with the excitement of genuine storytelling. Young people will surely be captivated. I hope they give their elders a chance to share the delights."

A well-known radio personality in his native Liverpool--as well as an actor, stand-up comic, and playwright--Brian Jacques is the host of "Jakestown" on BBC Radio Merseyside. Ever the performer, Jacques is well-known for applying his acting and entertainment background to his lively presentations to legions of young fans at schools across the United States and England.

Brian Jacques was born in Liverpool, England on June 15th, 1939. Along with forty percent of the population of Liverpool, his ancestral roots are in Ireland, County Cork to be exact.

He grew up in the area around the Liverpool docks. His interest in adventure stories began at an early age with reading the books of: Daniel Defoe, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Thomas Malory, Robert Michael Ballantyne, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Kenneth Grahame. He attended St. John's School, an inner city school that had its playground on the roof. On his first day at St. John's, at the age of ten, he had an experience that marked his potential as a writer. When given an assignment of writing a story about animals, he wrote about the bird that cleaned a crocodile's teeth. The teacher could not, and would not, believe that a ten year old could write that well. When young Brian refused to falsely say that he had copied the story, he was caned as "a liar". He had always loved to write, but it was only then, that he realized that he had a talent for writing.

Some teachers at St. John's proved to be good role models. As Mr. Jacques recalls:

"My favourite teacher was Mr. Austin Thomas. He looked like Lee Marvin. Big Man. A Captain in World War II. He came to school on a big bush bike with the haversack on back. He was a man's man. Always fair. I was fourteen at the time when Mr. Thomas introduced the class to poetry and Greek literature. (Because of him, I saved seven shillings and sixpence to buy The Iliad and The Odyssey at this dusty used book shop.)"

This interest in poetry extended to Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Goldsmith.It was also at St. John's that Brian met a teacher, Alan Durband (who also taught two Beatles, Paul McCartney and George Harrison), who, more than thirty years later would bring about a major change in his life.

After Brian finished school at fifteen, he set out to find adventure as a merchant seaman. He travelled to many far away ports, including New York, Valparaiso, San Francisco, and Yokohama. Tiring of the lonely life of a sailor, he returned to Liverpool where he worked as a railway fireman, a longshoreman, a long-distance truck driver, a bus driver, a boxer, a bobby (Police Constable 216D), a postmaster, and a stand-up comic.

Penguin mourns the passing of celebrated children’s book author Brian Jacques

Christopher Denise lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Product Details ISBN: 9780399237911
ISBN-10: 0399237917
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2005
Pages: 104
Language: English
Series: Redwall
"The dishes are wonderfully evocative of the charm that underlies all of Redwall...[but] the real appeal of this book lies in its gorgeously rendered and finely detailed illustrations...this gastronomical visit to the Abbey will be enjoyed by Redwall devotees."--School Library Journal