book review

Food–25 Amazing Projects Investigate the History and Science of What We Eat

By: Kathleen M. Reilly
Published by: Nomad Press    Date:   2010
ISBN: 978-1-934670-59-0
Price: $15.95
Ages: 9-12 years
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Kris Quinn Christopherson
Synopsis: Did you know that the first popcorn dates back about 5,500 years?  The Aztecs used popcorn in their dance ceremonies in the 1500’s!  Kids will enjoy learning this and many, many more fascinating facts about food. 
Food: 25 Amazing Projects Investigate the History and Science of What We Eat provides kids (and adults) with a comprehensive look at the history, science, and culture of what they eat.  The book covers ancient methods of growing and preserving food, the role of modern technology in food production and packaging, and the future of food.  The book encourages young readers to make healthy and sustainable food choices in their everyday lives.   
Overall thoughts:  In reading this book, I learned things about food I did not know before….who knew that marshmallows were first made by the Egyptians about 4,000 years ago!  The projects are very creative and promote delving into hands-on learning experiences. Complete with supply lists and step by step directions, each project is clear and concise.  The projects cover a wide variety of investigations into food, from making fried dandelion blossoms to conducting a bean gravity experiment to creating protective food packaging. 
The subject matter is broad, but the author is able to provide valuable information in an entertaining and meaningful way.  The book is filled with appropriate illustrations, ‘words to know’ glossary lists, and delightful ‘did you know’ factoids.  Overall, an educational and engaging journey with food awaits you with this book.