Book List of Food Facts and Science Books
The Children’s Book Review
Do you adore hamburgers but wonder why there is no ham in them? Are you curious how water boils and cooks your pasta? Are you fascinated by the symmetry of corn kernels on a cob?
Then it’s time to dip into the science and history of your favorite foods! These fantastic and unique books take a look behind the scenes, if you will, of your favorite eats.
Get your forks and reading glasses ready because it’s time to dig in:
Written by Kim Zachman
Illustrated by Peter Donnelly
Ages 8+ | 144 Pages
Publisher: RP Kids | ISBN: 978-0762498079
What to expect: Food, Non-Fiction
The big question, explained: Why are hamburgers so named if there isn’t any ham in them? That’s a good question that involves Ghengis Khan, Russia, and German immigrants to America! Author Kim Zachman takes readers on a fascinating journey through history to discover the stories of ice cream, cookies, and, yes, the world’s most fascinating hamburger. Add in Peter Donnelly’s beautifully smart illustrations, and you’ve got a clear winner for kids (and adults who are crazy about food network shows) alike! This is a captivating book for food lovers of all ages!
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Written by Laura Gladwin
Illustrated by Zoë Barker
Ages 8+ | 92 Pages
Publisher: Magic Cat | ISBN: 978-1419752865
What to expect: Food, Encyclopedia
If you want to learn everything there is to know about food; then you’ve come to the right place! Fascinating descriptions by author Laura Gladwin make each type of food – Jackfruit to French beans, Idli to Dobos Torte – jump off the page and into your imagination. You’ll be hungry in no time!
Illustrator Zoe Barker’s illustrations are sketched with perfect clarity, capturing the colorful essence of each variety of food. We loved the “10 Ways to Eat” list at the back of the book, where Gladwin creates an ultra-satisfying and dream-worthy list of ways to enjoy different foods. Pasta, seafood, and spices are all treated with equal care and reverence. Especially appreciated were the fine details on each food, such as sweet corn kernels growing in even numbers in rows. I had no idea, and I’m sure to count the kernels on my next ear of corn!
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Written by Carla Mooney
Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner
Ages 8+ | 118 Pages
Publisher: Nomad Press | ISBN: 978-1647410261
What to expect: Food, Non-Fiction, Science
Starting with a timeline of food (Egyptian extracts to Niehls Bohr is quite a jaunt!) THE CHEMISTRY OF FOOD gets down to the nitty and delicious granola gritty. Author Carla Mooney begins by describing matter, protons, neutrons, and chemical reactions and how they govern food and cooking. These chemical reactions create incredible tastes – you can even check out the QR code on the page to learn why bacon smells and tastes so delicious! We loved the interactive element of the book with the QR codes that had informative and entertaining videos.
What a well-rounded experience! There are also dozens of experiments and exercises kids can do alone or with friends, as well as a comprehensive glossary of terms at the back of the book. A well-rounded winner of a book for the young food science enthusiast that is sure to please even the pickiest academic palette.
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