1. In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines

    Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
.
    In two straight lines they broke their bread
    And brushed their teeth and went to bed…

    ―from Madeline,1939 
     Text and Illustrations by Ludwig Bemelmans

     
  2. 1963 cover design by Shirley Tucker.

     
  3. Illustration by Paul Thurlby.

     
  4. “‘Gracious alive, Cal, what’s all this?’ He was staring at his breakfast plate. Calpurnia said, ‘Tom Robinson’s daddy sent you along this chicken this morning. I fixed it.’ ‘You tell him I’m proud to get it—bet they don’t have chicken for breakfast at the White House.’”

    From To Kill a Mockingbird, which is now (finally) an e-book, hooray!

    Photo from Fictitious Dishes.

     
  5. From Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Illustration by George Cruikshank.

     
  6. A is for Austen, B is for Brönte, C is for Cather…

    Penguin Drop Cap series
    Art Director: Paul Buckley; Type Designer: Jessica Hische

     
  7. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in 1959

    Photographer unknown.

     
  8. STILL LIFE WITH WATERMELON, NEW YORK, 1947 
    Irving Penn

     
  9. 
ROASTBEEF; MUTTON; BREAKFAST; SUGAR; CRANBERRIES; MILK; EGGS; APPLE; TAILS; LUNCH; CUPS; RHUBARB; SINGLE; FISH; CAKE; CUSTARD; POTATOES; ASPARAGUS; BUTTER; END OF SUMMER; SAUSAGES; CELERY; VEAL; VEGETABLE; COOKING; CHICKEN; PASTRY; CREAM; CUCUMBER; DINNER; DINING; EATING; SALAD; SAUCE; SALMON; ORANGE; COCOA; AND CLEAR SOUP AND ORANGES AND OAT-MEAL; SALAD DRESSING AND AN ARTICHOKE; A CENTRE IN A TABLE.
    —Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons (1914)

    Illustration by Lisa Congdon from Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons: Objects (Chronicle Books, 2013).

     
  10. ‘It is usual, I think, to begin with bread-and-butter,’ he said to Jane and Michael, ‘but as it’s my birthday, we will begin the wrong way – which I always think is the right way – with the Cake!’

    –from Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

    Illustration by Mary Shepard