Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Weird Stuff You Didn't Know about Food
  • Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Weird Stuff You Didn't Know about Food
  • Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Weird Stuff You Didn't Know about Food

Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Weird Stuff You Didn't Know about Food

by Elizabeth MacLeod, Frieda Wishinsky, Travis King
     
 

Kids will discover funny and astonishing food facts, trivia, and stories from around the world.

Did you know that radishes are a common breakfast food in Japan? Why do Americans love corn dogs? Do watermelons remove freckles? Can you really clean a toilet with a can of cola? Where does the expression "say cheese" come from? Did you know that in 1919 a molasses

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Kids will discover funny and astonishing food facts, trivia, and stories from around the world.

Did you know that radishes are a common breakfast food in Japan? Why do Americans love corn dogs? Do watermelons remove freckles? Can you really clean a toilet with a can of cola? Where does the expression "say cheese" come from? Did you know that in 1919 a molasses flood killed 21 people in Boston?

What child isn't going to want to know the answers to these questions? Step into any school cafeteria and you'll hear kids buzzing about food. Everything but the Kitchen Sink builds on that fascination with food through history, science, art, superstitions, and world records.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gwynne Spencer
Buckle up folks, this is 112 pages of fun! Ten chapters filled with short items about food that sound like Alton Brown and Anthony Bourdain have been moonlighting writing children's books. "Chapter One: Food Through the Ages, What We Eat and Why," includes the rather disgusting fact that during the siege of Paris, the delicate palates of the French feasted on everything from rats and dogs to elephants and zebras. "Chapter Two: What's for Breakfast" includes wonderful tidbits about cereal, soup, and beer for breakfast, a recipe for Omelet in a Bag, and a crossword puzzle. "Chapter Three: Why Don't Vampires Like Garlic" is full of food traditions, taboos and superstitions. "Chapter Four: Don't Grunt, It's a Piece of Cake" is about food expressions, food-related cliches, weird food names like "hushpuppies," and nomenclature trivia. "Chapter Five: Snack Attack!" offers facts about pop, popcorn, pizza, popsicles, and potato chips as well as cookies, candy, and a recipe for haystacks. Chapter Six is all about food chemistry and includes several recipes and experiments. "Chapter Seven: Would You Eat a Tarantula," covers world taste treats that tend to the bizarre. "Chapter Eight: Largest, Longest, Tallest, Stinkiest" covers the extremes of edibles. "Chapter Nine: Who Invented That?" is all about created foods and processes, and "Chapter Ten: Everything but the Kitchen Sink" is just loads of trivia. Each tidbit in every chapter is one or two paragraphs (about 100 words), with zippy illustrations that are not childish, making this a great browsing book for all ages. It even would be a great resource to use with English-as-a-second-language classes, because adults will love it as much as kids.Scattered throughout the pages are small sidebars called "Bits and Bites," with snappy facts well wrapped up. The book is indexed, with a trim size that makes it not a little kid book, not a mass market, but "just right" as Goldilocks would say, as she gobbled it all down. If I had my way, there would be a copy in the hand of every kid waiting in every line in every lunchroom in the land. Reviewer: Gwynne Spencer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545003988
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Series:
Everything But The Kitchen Sink Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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