Create a Fun Menu Using Library Cookbooks

Posted on May 17, 2021

by Mary Hedge

The heading “Queer Names for the Good Things to Eat” caught my attention in the Thursday, August 11, 1910 Argus-Bulletin newspaper on page one. The article was actually the menu and program for the Indiana Optical Association banquet in La Porte. Here are some of the menu items and speeches which were included. As you read them, think of what similar items you would suggest at a library or book banquet.



Non-squint Iced Cantaloupe
Fused Bi-focal Solanum Tuberosum 
Never Slip Butter and Parsley Sauce
Never-wiggle Lettuce and Astigmatic-tomato Salad Mayonnaise
Atrophied Cheese Straws
Cataract Ice Cream
Atropinized Coffee



Our Guests and Our City-H. B. Darling
Why We Are in La Porte Today-A. L. Harriott
The Lady Optometrist-Mrs. Nellie Smith
Why He Favors the Lady Optometrist-Edward Molloy
Why?-L. Darrow, Mayor of la Porte
Seeing Two Ways-Miss C. M. Sweitzer
As Others See Us-Eustace Foley


To get your thinking started, how about this menu taken from recipe names containing book characters and alphabet letters found in library books? This meal could work for an adult, family, or youth event. Check out some of these cookbooks in our collection for inspiration:

Mickey’s Chips and Dips
The Ultimate Disney Party Book by Jessica Ward 

ABC Chicken Alphabet Soup
No Whine with Dinner by Liz Weiss 

Alphabet Fruit
Stirring Up Fun with Food by Sarah Michelle Geller 

Fantastic Four Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Marvel Eat the Universe by J. A. Warner 

Harry’s First Birthday Cake:  Chocolate Layer Cake
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz 

Mary Hedge

Mary Hedge

Mary is a Public Services Librarian. She enjoys helping people find the information they need, including family and local history searches. Also, she serves as the director of READ La Porte County, Inc., plays the organ for a church, and enjoys traveling.
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