Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: World in Your Lunch Box, The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods by Claire Eamer


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Discover the tasty stories behind the foods we love.

A ham sandwich on white bread. Macaroni and cheese. Peanut-butter-and-banana roll-ups. They may sound like ordinary items, but they take us on an amazing journey through the rich history and astonishing science of food.

Explore a week of lunches-from apples to pizza-by taking a romp through thousands of years of extraordinary events. Some are amusing, like the accidental invention of potato chips. Others are tragic, such as the Spice Wars, which killed thousands of people.

Consider that ham sandwich: Ancient Romans first made ham by curing meat with salt and smoke to kill microbes, while yeast (which burps gas) produces the fluffy texture of bread.

Aztec farmers bred tomatoes from small, bitter berries into plump, sweet fruit, and watermelons sustained travelers 10,000 years ago in the Kalahari Desert.

With a vibrant design and quirky illustrations, THE WORLD IN YOUR LUNCH BOX is like the perfect lunch: satisfying, well-balanced, and totally delicious.
MY TAKE:

Food and science in one book. What's not to love?

World in Your Lunch Box, The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods is a fun way to learn more about food. The stories about each food are arranged like a kid's food diary.

The food diary is a good idea as it makes the info very colorful and entertaining. The book contains a lot of fun stories and facts such as how ham was made and that tomatoes come from South America. Also, I found out that Brazil has quial egg and chocolate pizzas. Two of my favorite things in one pizza. Definitely sounds like a must-try.

Thanks to NetGalley and Annick Press for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:
  1. It's packed with interesting information.
  2. It's colorful and not boring.
  3. Its illustrations are witty.
THE BAD:
  1. The illustration style may not appeal to everyone.
FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry are just the beginning in ice cream flavors. How about purple yam ice cream? You can eat that in the Philippines.
READ IT IF:
  1. You like food.
  2. You're curious about the history of your food.
  3. You like trivia.
RATING:
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