Friday, March 9, 2012

COMING SOON: The World in Your Lunch Box by Claire Eamer


The World in Your Lunch Box
By Claire Eamer
Published by Annick Press, February 2012
128 pages

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.

We all eat and that is how we survive. However, many people don’t understand what they are consuming and from where it came. The World in Your Lunch Box has lots of components. It starts as a student’s lunch journal and after the daily menu readers learn about where the food comes from, the history behind the food, how it was originally used and, how it is used now. Each page of information is accompanied by comical pictures and comments that will surely catch a reader’s attention. While there was some nutritional information about the food discussed, I would have liked to see some more so readers can understand just what the food will or will not do for them. Overall, I was really impressed that the book had information on many of the foods kids actually eat. It is good to know what herbs are probably in pizza, where mayonnaise came from, and just what is in a hot dog (not dogs!), especially if we are eating those things regularly. Read this book and enjoy your next meal!

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