Roald Dahl’s unusual books for children have delighted the 9-12 age group for years. They are sometimes compared to fairy tales because they can be violent and controversial. Yet they can also be humorous, as the young characters have amazing adventures and triumph over evil adults.
The Revolting Recipes book was an idea that came about just before Dahl passed away. He and his second wife, Felicity, talked about putting together a book with the variety of foods that appeared in Dahl's children’s books. Felicity describes the recipes as “scrumptious and wonderfully disgusting dishes". Use this book to enhance your lesson or unit on one of Dahl's books.
Cooking in the classroom can be a daunting task and a safety issue. However, adding a recipe to enhance the study of one of Dahl’s books will be a memorable cross-curriculum event for your students. Using the recipes involves reading and following directions. Any measuring you do involves math skills. Shopping for ingredients can mean adding up prices. Science is involved when you watch a mixture boil and change form.
Look at your own situation and decide what would be the best way to add a recipe or two to your book unit. Do you have parent volunteers available to help? Do you have access to the school’s kitchen? Do you have access to a microwave, toaster oven or crock pot? *** Be aware of any food allergies that any student may have.***
If cooking in the classroom is not an option, you may want to assign a recipe for students to try at home. Have the students bring in samples of what they created.