So for all the parents who have stood, staring into the cupboard for dinner inspiration, comes Empty Fridge, by French author and illustrator Gaetan Doremus.
Empty Fridge is a story about dinner time at a five-storey apartment building. The residents have all had busy days and, on returning home, find their cupboards practically bare. One has some carrots, another has some peas. One has some eggs and another some capsicum. None of these ingredients alone is enough to make a meal but what happens when all the neighbours get together?
In the top-floor apartment, Rose takes stock of all the ingredients and suggests they make a quiche. Everyone works together, slicing and dicing vegetables and rolling pastry to cook their communal meal. The neighbours decide to eat outside and discover that the whole neighbourhood has gathered to eat together, which is where my favourite line from the book is used:
“Thousands of quiches are shared and eaten. Slices of quiche, slices of life.”
Empty Fridge is a treat – from its large format, fridge-like shape to the beautifully detailed drawings of people in their houses.
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