Tomatoes, Potatoes, Corn, and Beans: How the Foods of the Americas Changed Eating Arou

Tomatoes, Potatoes, Corn, and Beans: How the Foods of the Americas Changed Eating Arou

by Sylvia A. Johnson
     
 
Fascinating stories of the foods and plants Native Americans introduced to the world

We know the Irish potato, French fries, and German potato salad, but actually the potato originated in the New World, in the mountains of South America. Potatoes, as well as tomatoes, corn, beans, chili peppers, peanuts, and squash, were all unknown in Europe, Asia, and Africa

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Fascinating stories of the foods and plants Native Americans introduced to the world

We know the Irish potato, French fries, and German potato salad, but actually the potato originated in the New World, in the mountains of South America. Potatoes, as well as tomatoes, corn, beans, chili peppers, peanuts, and squash, were all unknown in Europe, Asia, and Africa before Columbus happened on the New World. This fascinating history of the foods of the Americas tells the ways each plant was used by Native Americans, and how they each made their way to Europe. It tells also how some foods became popular staples in various countries around the world.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheree Van Vreede
Filled with over 15,000 words, demonstrating perfect, imperfect, and slant rhymes, this book is divided into sections based upon rhymes beginning with a particular vowel sound. For example, "entive" leads to attentive, incentive, and inventive. It's a good reference guide for new poets learning how to bring together rhyme schemes. Bold, large print makes the dictionary easy to use.
VOYA - Joyce Hamilton
Early explorers came to the New World in search of riches, but the plants they discovered have proven to be more valuable. In this highly informative, well-researched book the author explains how foods originally grown and eaten only in the Americas had a tremendous influence around the world. Although the exchange of food between the Americas and the rest of the world benefited all, the Americas made the more significant contribution. Corn, potatoes, tomatoes, peanuts, capsicum peppers, and American beans affected cooking and eating habits around the globe. Corn and potatoes affected world economies. This book contains information that will be difficult to find elsewhere. For example, we learn detailed facts about the foods cited: early history and cultivation, name origins, uses past and present, and where they are popular today. Although the book will be used mainly for research, the numerous anecdotes, such as those on the origination of peanut butter and potato chips, are entertaining. The many and well-placed illustrations and photographs add to the appeal of the book. In fact, many of the black-and-white illustrations are reprinted from European books published in the 1500s and 1600s. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10What do tomatoes, chocolate, beans, corn, peppers, and peanuts have in common? Johnson gives a straightforward overview of these and other foods that are native to the Americas, with a discussion of their early use, methods of preparation, and how they were transported and adapted beyond American borders. The presentation includes a variety of black-and-white photographic reproductions, botanical diagrams, and early food advertisements that add interest and expand understanding. Extensive endnotes for each chapter also give additional information. Useful for social-history collections as well as any library needing information about the history of foodstuffs.Lois McCulley, Wichita Falls High School, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689801419
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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