In 1993, Michael wrote the introduction to a cookbook for families
published by Neiman Marcus, Pigtails and Frog Legs. The book
was illustrated by legendary Warner Bros. Cartoon artist Chuck
Jones. To the right is Jones portrayal of Michael.
To a child, food is something special. It isnt just a
delicious taste or the vitamins that build a healthy body. Food
is love and caring, security and hope all the things
that a food family can provide. Remember when you were little
and your mother made a pie for you? When she cut a slice and
put it on your plate, she was giving you a bit of herself, in
the form of her love. She made your hunger go away, and when
you were full and satisfied, everything seemed all right. Because
that satisfied feeling was in the pie, you were nourished from
a deep level. Food is something we all need physically, but
so is love, the deeper nourishment, that turns into who we are.
Think about how necessary it is to nourish a child with a bit
of yourself when you use this book. It is full of delicious
things. Every recipe has an extra ingredient of caring, because
the people who wrote them were thinking of the children. They
were specially thinking of those who arent able to take
nourishment for granted because they are poor, sick or disabled.
These are the children who need food to heal. The theme of Heal
the World, which has been close to my heart, is the central
theme of this book, also. Here are recipes for the spirit. Please
make them with that in mind. Your child is growing spirit that
can be knit strong with love. When you break an egg and measure
a cup of flour, you are magically mixing the gift of life. The
foods proteins and minerals will turn into bones and muscles,
but your feeling as you cook will turn directly into a soul.
It makes me happy to think that the needs of childrens
spirits are at last becoming important in this world. Children
have no power to end wars directly or to mend age-old differences.
All they can do is be themselves, to shine with gratitude and
joy when love is turned their way. Yet isnt that ultimately
the greatest power? In the eyes of a child you become the source
of joy, which lifts you into the special category of caregiver
and life-provider. You may think that your apple pie has only
sugar and spice in it. A child is wiser with the first
bite, he knows that this special dish is the essence of your
Michael Jackson, 1993