Don’t Watch Me Eat, Babushka
Author/Illustrator: Julia Karlinsky
Format: Hardcover Picture Book, 8.5×11 Landscape, Smyth Sewn, Dust Jacket
Illustrations: Full Color
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Release: March 10, 2020
Publisher: KWiL Publishing, LLC
Set in 1970s Moscow, Don’t Watch Me Eat, Babushkais a culturally-rich story that celebrates the great love binding generations of women. Having lived through a time when food was scare and children went hungry, there are few things that bring Babushka as much joy as watching her Lyubushka (which translates literally as “the one I watch with love”) eat. However, as much as Lyubushka loves Babushka’s cooking, which is described throughout the story in mouth-watering detail), she does not like her grandmother’s intense scrutiny. Don’t Watch Me Eat, Babushkagives readers a chance to immerse themselves in another time and culture where there were different customs, ideologies, and even grocery lists, while also connecting to the story’s universal heart—one of empathy and love expressed, as is often the case, through the making and sharing of food.