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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Gift Giving Suggestion #8 - Primary+

Bradfield Jolly Roger. (1967; 1995) Pickle-Chiffon Pie. Purple House Press. ISBN: 978-1-930900-30-1.

This wonderfully crazy literary fable has the king searching for his daughter a suitable husband. With many suitors wishing to marry her, they often stayed for dinner and that meant less pickle-chiffon-pie for him. That would not do; so the king called together 3 of the nicest princes he could find and presented them with a test -- the one who succeeded would marry the princess. With a cast of very unusual characters including a giant who could play chopsticks on two pianos, and the three nosed snozzle (who conveniently enough could bake the most wonderful Pickle Chiffon Pie.
So bake up a pie -- and present it to a family you love, with a copy of this book (available directly from Purple House Press.)
Originally published in 1967, this classic tale has been reissued by Purple House Press -- great fun when read along side a generous serving of Pickle Chiffon Pie.

Need a "real" recipe for the pie. Check the chapter about Roger Bradfield in Authors in the Pantry: Recipes, Stories, and More.
If you can not locate the book - e-mail me at -- put "recipe" in the subject line. It's a "secret recipe" with secret ingredients that you might not want to divulge to your young readers. The mystic is half the fun.

December 8, 2009 (Tuesday)


  1. Hi, Sharron!
    We had Benjamin Dilly's Thirsty Camel by Bradfield and it's a family favorite. Over 30 years old! Oh how I loved that story and how his camel solved all of the problems. Thanks for sharing and reminding me of that book.

  2. Oh, yes. Bradfield is a crazy writer -- silly and fun. Thanks for reminding me of /Benjamin Dilly's Thirsty Camel/. Don't think it is in publication still. Glad Purple House Press came along to reprint /Pickle-Chiffon Pie/. The press also republished Jacqueline Briggs Martin's /The Finest horse in Town/. A hex on the IRS "Thor Ruling" that really changed the practice of publishers keeping their backlist available down to the last book.