Rise and Brine, it's National Pickle Day


Did you know that Americans consume more than 9 pounds of pickles per person a year (Pickle Packers International, Inc.)?

Eat a pickle this November 14th in honor of Pickle Day!

Pickling is not limited to the cucumber, but it is one of the oldest food preservation methods to submerge foods in solutions such as vinegar or brine (History.com). The word "pickle" comes from the words meaning salt orbrine in Dutch "pekel" and northern German "pókel" (PBS.org). Before becoming an explorer, America's namesake, Amerigo Vespucci, worked as the ships chandler for Christopher Columbus's ships and sent pickles for the sailors. 

Americans have long celebrated the pickle, and in 1949 the Pickle Packers Association hosted their inaugural Pickle Week celebration. Photos from the event consist of Mr. Dill Pickle floating in a vat of pickles, The Pickle Queen posing with The Three Stooges, and an entire throne and scepter made with pickles adorning each available surface. New York continues to celebrate Pickle Day as "a slice of the city’s history, reminiscent of when the streets of the Lower East Side were lined with pushcarts peddling their goods and wares for sale to a neighborhood of from immigrants from far and wide (pickleday.nyc)."

If you're considering making your own, peruse our cookbooks for your pickling needs:


Non-fiction books related to pickles

Additionally, the National Center for Home Food Preservation has a website that includes information about how to pickle. Click this link to access their website.


In a pickle about what to read? Check out a pickle story!

Busytown mysteries. Pickle of a pickle in Busytown

Richard Scarry

There are plenty of mysteries to keep the Busytown friends very busy! A missing museum statue, a pretty park mystery, and a crazy clock mix-up are only the beginning of the mysteries Huckle and the Busytown friends try to solve!

I hear a pickle: (and smell, see, touch, and taste it, too!)

Rachel Isadora

Children explore their five senses, learning what they can see, smell, hear, touch, and taste.

Grimelda: the very messy witch

Diana Murray

Grimelda likes pickle pie. Problem is, she can't find the pickle root to make the pickle pie! What is a very messy witch to do?

Pirate Pickle and the white balloon

Ann Burg

When a girl's balloon disappears, she imagines the fearsome Pirate Pickle making off with it, in this story told using opposites.

Pickle Party!

Frank Berrios

Waffles and Mochi's friend Kennedy loves all kinds of pickled food. But when they try to get pickles for her birthday party, Waffles and Mochi learn that pickles aren't made quickly.

You can't taste a pickle with your ear: [a book about your 5 senses]

Harriet Ziefert

Explores how each of the five senses is hard at work all day long providing information, warning of danger, and helping us enjoy the world around us.

Pickle-chiffon Pie

Jolly Roger Bradfield

Three very different princes seeking to win the hand of the princess go off into the forest to see who can bring back the most wonderful thing and marry the princess.

Magic Pickle

Scott Morse

When Weapon Kosher, the Magic Pickle, erupts from her bedroom floor, young Jo Jo Wigman works with him to stop the Brotherhood of Evil Produce from taking over the world and tries to find a way to impress cute Danny Johnson.


Kelly Jones

A new quirky-funny book from the author of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer about a boy whose plans for the summer go sideways when the ghost of his great-great-grandmother demands his attention. HD Schenk is a maker--an inventor, a builder of things. He wants to show everyone what he can do, and his plan is to build his own computer and enter it in the county fair. To earn money for the parts, HD has promised to clean out his uncle's basement. Simple enough--until a voice starts talking to him about cabbage. Funny thing--it seems that the ghost of his great-great-grandmother is haunting a dusty old pickling crock. And she has a grand plan, too. She wants HD to make her famous recipe for sauerkraut and enter it in the county fair so that she can be declared pickle queen. After some initial shock, HD is willing enough to help. This ghost is family, after all. But a person can only enter one thing at the fair--and only HD can really see and hear his grandmother, which is going to make ithard for her to enter on her own. . . . Kelly Jones spins a wonderfully goofy ghost tale that celebrates creative problem solving, family ties, and makers of every variety.

An American Pickle

Seth Rogen

An American Pickle stars Seth Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling labourer who immigrates to America in 1919 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn't aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he learns that his only surviving relative is his great-grandson Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can't even begin to understand.

Garfield gets in a pickle

Jim Davis

A compilation of Garfield strips features the insatiable, unrepentant feline sleeping, snacking, and snarking his way through interactions with the long-suffering Jon, Odie, Nermal, and other favorite companions.

Garfield, the furry desperado, is at large again in this most-wanted collection of comics. Whether he’s getting in a pickle or a jam, when it comes to trouble, the fat cat is always a glutton for punishment!

In a pickle: a family farm story

Jerold Apps

The year is 1955. Andy Meyer, a young farmer, manages the pickle factory in Link Lake, a rural town where the farms are small, the conversation is meandering, and the feeling is distinctly Midwestern. Workers sort, weigh, and dump cucumbers into huge vats where the pickles cure, providing a livelihood to local farmers. But the H.H. Harlow Pickle Company has appeared in town, using heavy-handed tactics to force family farmers to either farm the Harlow way or lose their biggest customer--and, possibly, their land. Andy, himself the owner of a half-acre pickle patch, works part-time for the Harlow Company, a conflict that places him between the family farm and the big corporation. As he sees how Harlow begins to change the rural community and the lives of its people, Andy must make personal, ethical, and life-changing decisions.

A dilly of a death

Susan Wittig Albert

China Bayles is in a pickle. The daughter of her best friend, Ruby, has turned up on her doorstep, pregnant and in need of a place to live. And her otherwise sensible husband has announced that he's bored with teaching and ready for a career change. Say "hello" to P.I. Mike McQuaid and Associates. There aren't actually any "associates" - unless you count Ruby and China, of course. But the title does have a nice, official ring to it. His first client is Phoebe the Pickle Queen, owner of the biggest little pickle business in Texas. According to Phoebe, her plant manager is embezzling, and she wants McQuaid to follow the money. Meanwhile, Pecan Springs is hosting the annual Picklefest - and this year, China and Ruby are on the planning committee, along with Phoebe. But just days before the festival starts, the Pickle Queen disappears. Some say she sold her business and split; others think the answer may lie with her missing boyfriend. It's up to McQuaid and China to search for the Pickle Queen - and for clues in a case that promises to leave a very sour taste.

Access the audiobook here.

Descriptions adapted from the publisher.
By Sofia on November 9, 2023