Claire Eamer (writer)
Sa Boothroyd (illustrator)
Published Date: February 1, 2012
Finish date: March 1, 2012
Source: from NetGalley
From Goodreads: A ham sandwich on white bread. Macaroni and cheese. Peanut-butter-and-banana roll-ups. They may sound like ordinary items, but they take us on an amazing journey through the rich history and astonishing science of food. Explore a week of lunches—from apples to pizza—by taking a romp through thousands of years of extraordinary events. Some are amusing, like the accidental invention of potato chips. Others are tragic, such as the Spice Wars, which killed thousands of people. Consider that ham sandwich: Ancient Romans first made ham by curing meat with salt and smoke to kill microbes, while yeast (which burps gas) produces the fluffy texture of bread. Aztec farmers bred tomatoes from small, bitter berries into plump, sweet fruit, and watermelons sustained travelers 10,000 years ago in the Kalahari Desert. With a vibrant design and quirky illustrations, THE WORLD IN YOUR LUNCH BOX is like the perfect lunch: satisfying, well-balanced, and totally delicious.
This is a funny and nice read. I got this book from NetGalley. I decided to read it because it was about food (and I love food) and history facts (I am interested in history). I never have read a book like this before, but I really enjoyed it. This book is full of history behind certain foods, like where potatoes come from, and scientific facts, like why pepers are hot.
The book is written like a dairy, the narrator describes what he/she has for lunch and then we get a few pages with fun facts, history facts or scientific facts about 4 of the lunch ingredients. There are also some jokes, some nice stories about food, drawings etc. It is a very nice book to read and I enjoyed learning things about certains food that I didn't knew. It isn't heavy stuff, it is just a nice and light read with lots of interesting facts about food.
The only minpoint is that I've read this book on my e-reader and that means that all the drawings are in black and white and some pictures cover two pages so then I had to turn to the next page to see the rest of the picture.
To conclude a very nice and enjoyable read. I would recommend it to people who are interested in food and would like to know a bit more about the history or science behind everyday lunches.