Feminist Books for Younger Readers: I Hate Borsch!

I Hate Borsch! written and illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg (Eerdmans, $17.99)

“You will not leave the table until all the borsch is gone!” A powerful dish one found revolting when noodged and exhorted to eat it as a child morphs into a source of comforting nostalgia for the old country, evoking the love and concern of parents and grandparents. With Nayberg’s bright, dramatic and distilled-to-essentials illustrations, her story of food and immigration shows that, with time, sometimes uncomfortable passionate feelings can become a source of strength. A recipe for Ukrainian beet soup is included.