Little Tables — Breakfasts from around the World

breakfast around the world

According to this article, Dutch children enjoy one of the happiest childhoods in the world, and one of the reasons given for this is the fact that many of them start their morning with ‘hagelslag’ (chocolate sprinkles) on their bread. I’m not sure how much influence the exact sort of breakfast has on the overall happiness of children; to me it seems that as long as it is a healthy, nutritious and delicious one and is enjoyed in a safe, warm and loving surrounding, it is a good one. But, I’m pleased to hear my kids are growing up in such a happy place.

I recently received the beautiful book Little Tables: Breakfasts from Around the World and it’s all about breakfast, presented by 32 children from 32 different countries around the world. The book is amazingly well designed, featuring gorgeous photography of beautifully dressed and styled children — just for this, the book is a gem. It is just lovely to look at the photos of all these adorable children from around the world, with their different ethnicities and photographed with the varieties of food they eat in the morning. A feast for the eye.

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But then there is the added bonus of the fact that this book is also a cookbook. For each country, a few highly inspiring recipes accompany the dishes presented, adding up to 72 (anytime) breakfast recipes from different cultures. How wonderful is that? Just flipping through the book left me with so many ideas to introduce my children to different tastes from around the world that I’m afraid that they will never have hagelslag for breakfast again!

Little Tables  is a beautiful and inspirational book that I can highly recommend to either get or gift. It is available from Amazon (UK  or US ).

xxx Esther


Comments (6)

January 23, 2017

It looks like a lovely book, exactly the type I get excited about for my children as a way for them to more easily grasp the concepts of culture and geography. However, I do wish Babyccino would reconsider highlighting books that are not really sourceable, new or used. Amazon only has one second-party seller copy of Little Tables between the UK and US store, and the price reflects its scarcity. I’m disappointed, it would have been a wonderful addition to our library, and I do hope more copies come available.

Esther in Amsterdam
January 23, 2017

I’m sorry to hear this Carrie — it is such a beautiful book, I really wanted to share. I do hope you can get yourself a copy! xx

January 24, 2017

Thank you Esther, and thank you Lizzie for digging a little deeper- we’ll see how long that one copy on Amazon lasts 😋. x

Lizzy in Minnesota
January 23, 2017

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful book! As a mother raising her daughter in two cultures (my husband is from Italy, but we currently live in the US), I love new ways to expose my daughter to the many traditions from around the world – and food really is such a central part of many of our cultures! Breakfast, in particular, has always fascinated me. In Italy, a brioche or biscotti with hot milk (or a coffee for adults) are normal breakfast fare, while that would be considered a wildly unbalanced breakfast in the States. My daughter and I tend to go the Italian route for breakfast, while my Italian husband, ironically, often has a much more hearty “american-style” breakfast of peanut butter toast with milk and fruit! One side note – I too, looked up this book online to see if there were any other vendors outside of Amazon’s second party affiliate. However, I found that the book itself sells directly from the printer for $40 NZD (about $30 USD), and once shipping is added in, the price on Amazon is actually less expensive than buying directly from the printer (and not priced much higher than many other cookbooks I’ve seen).

January 24, 2017

You got an Italian man to eat peanut butter, brava! My girls and I stick to more savoury breakfasts, latte e biscotti wouldn’t get them to lunch, I don’t know how the other children do it!

January 23, 2017

they certainly photographed the most beautiful children! It looks lovely!

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