Of Bread and Butter
2009 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Childhood
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: While the Took's farmhouse fills with the scent of freshly baked bread and warm strawberry jam, Pippin and his knitted piglet, Tulip, head for the barn to see a new litter of kittens and convince his father to keep them all. Written for the Shire Kitchen Recipe Fic Challenge 2009.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 10
I have to confess, I have a great weakness for Recipe!fic -- stories in which we also get a recipe as well. In addition, I also have a weakness for Cathleen's version of little Pippin's early childhood. He's such a delight, enjoying his life on the farm, and taking into his very large heart not only all of his beloved family members, but the various animals that also live on the farm at Whitwell. Cathleen's peopled Pippin's childhood with some memorable "Original Characters"-- among them Tulip the Knitted Piglet and Lily Took the kitten. Both of the them play a featured role in this story. I also love the way she portrays Pippin's parents. Eglantine is a wonderful mother, who always has time for her little son's questions, but never hesitates to put her foot down when necessary, and Paladin, who recognizes just how much a chip off the old block his youngest little Took is. The descriptions of Eglantine in the kitchen as she works on baking her bread are filled with sensory detail-- you can almost smell the yeasty dough, and feel its velvety softness as she kneads. The recipe sounds quite delicious as well, and would be perfect for someone who wished to bake a lot of loaves and feed a lot of people!
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 3
Ah, young Pippin, already gifting his new blanket for his bed to the mother cat in the barn and naming the first of the kittens, scheming with his father so they can keep them all.... A delightful recipe fic, full of family life and knitted piglets and childish innocense.