Food For Thought
The Stories Behind the Things We Eat
By Ken Robbins
(Flash Point, Hardcover, 9781596433434, 48pp.)
Publication Date: March 3, 2009
Deliciously interesting, tasty morsels of cultural history combined with luscious photographs will leave readers hungry for more."Every kind of food has its story." Acclaimed photographer Ken Robbins guides us through the history, mythology, and literary significance of food. Fascinating factsÑit was an apple that started the Trojan War; oranges used to be so expensive that only the rich could afford them--and stunning photographs make Food for Thought a tasty read that will have everyone looking at their plates in a new way.
KEN ROBBINS has written and illustrated over 20 books for children, including the highly successful Pumpkins. He lives on Long Island, NY.
“From a full-page celebration of a perfect portobello mushroom to a vignette of an heirloom tomato, his skillfully enhanced color photos are a pleasure.” —Horn Book
“In addition to sharing interesting bits of trivia, the author offers brief descriptions of related events from history, such as the Irish Potato Famine, and / or short synopses of the item’s appearance in mythology.” —School Library Journal
“Each food receives a few pages comprising tidbits about its cultivation and use and snippets of lore surrounding it, partnered with spot art and full-page photographs.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A welcome resource, particularly for fast-food-gobbling young readers, who may discover the botanical origins of French fries for the first time in these pages.” —Booklist