Another book in the series "Exploring History through Simple Recipes" will make working mothers grateful for books that encourage their children to greet them with Corned Beef and Boiled Potatoes or Split Pea Soup. Also, the book gives a realistic if grim picture of life in a lumber camp. Curious facts emerge, such as the fact that the 1830s loggers cleared most of the large trees on the eastern seaboard. The logging boom is described, as is the hard life in a lumber camp, where loggers had Sundays off but cooks did not. Photographs of the primeval forests make the adult heart lurch at what we have lost, but the factual account never loses its steady beat. 2001, Blue Earth Books, $22.60. Ages 6 to 12. Reviewer: Nancy Tilly
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Eight or nine recipes are interspersed throughout these informative texts. All include full-page period photographs and illustrations. In Nineteenth-Century Whaling Ships, the first meal is cabbage and Irish potatoes, because it calls for what would be the freshest ingredients on board. Not to worry: no recipes call for whale blubber or oil. Most tend toward the complicated and adult help will be needed (and appreciated). Phrase origins for the likes of "slush fund" (money paid for leftover grease in whaler speak) and "skid row" (initially skid road in logging parlance) are included. Students might find it interesting to compare the information in these titles. For example, while the whaling ship's cooks were among the lowest ranked on board, the lumber camp's cook was the most important crew member, after the foreman. These books are just as tempting, perhaps more so, for their historical ingredients as for the recipes. Palatable history.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.