Food 25 Amazing Projects Investigate the History and Science of What We Eat by Kathleen M. Reilly

Food 25 Amazing Projects Investigate the History and Science of What We Eat

Written by Kathleen M. Reilly
Illustrated by Farah Rizvi
Part of the Build it Yourself Series

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Food 25 Amazing Projects Investigate the History and Science of What We Eat by Kathleen M. Reilly

From the minute life begins, food makes you strong, helps you grow, and gives you energy. But do you take that ham sandwich for granted? You might not give a lot of thought to where your food comes from, how it got to you, what's really in it, or what it does for you. Food: 25 Amazing Projects Investigate the History and Science of What We Eat gives kids some food for thought as they dive into exciting projects about the incredible world of food. Kids will have fun learning about all aspects of food in our daily lives--how vegetarians balance their diet, how some cultures rose and fell based on a single food source, the route from farm to market, how eating locally makes an impact, and much more.


Calliope Magazine A great complement to this issue of CALLIOPE. In addition to the engaging activities, there are fact-filled sidebars, interesting did-you-know boxes, pertinent vocabulary lists, and much more! National Science Association (NSTA) Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in our society. Part of the problem is a lack of knowledge about the food we eat. Using this book is a fun way for young readers to learn more about food and nutrition by completing hands-on projects. Each of 13 chapters contains numerous diagrams and illustrations. There are many sidebars with words to know, did you know facts, lists of supplies for projects, and other information. A glossary, list of resources, and subject index complete the package. Readers will be interested to learn that Chile powder was added to a recipe for ancient hot chocolate (from Mexico)

and in Cambodia, people eat deep-fried tarantulas. Projects include making a model of the flooding Nile river or a classroom garden. These components provide starting points for multicultural or integrated lessons. Children will enjoy doing these projects, which are described in complete detail, and learning useful facts about nutrition. The book also includes some safety tips (such as not eating out of a home-made clay pot). Our society needs to do something to improve nutrition, and this book is a step in the right direction. Its integrated approach will be appreciated by elementary or middle school teachers. The topics are also ideal for projects that involve parents or community volunteers. Children's Literature One of 20 books in the Build It Yourself series, this edition discusses the history and culture of food in an interesting workbook-like format. Following a brief introduction, the thirteen chapters include lively, but brief discussions about the origins of food consumption

how different foods traveled around the world

food safety, traditions and celebrations


backyard eating

CLEAR Review From ancient times to the future of food investigate the science, history, and culture behind what we eat. Book is written in a chapter workbook style with each chapter is followed by at least one activity. This title goes beyond the basics of the food pyramid and encourages kids to understand their daily food intake from both commercial and local growers. This is a fascinating title about food and what we eat. The content arrangement is outstanding. This title would be great for a person who enjoys Alton Brown on the Food Network show good eats... Overall the title is very educational. Literary Merit: Excellent, Recommendation: Highly Recommended Old Schoolhouse Magazine Do you want to give your children some food for thought as they explore the history and science of what we eat? Then check out this great resource written by Kathleen M. Reilly and published by Nomad Press. As part of the Build It Yourself series and geared to readers ages nine and up, Food: 25 Amazing Projects is just the kind of resource that homeschoolers will enjoy! Each section contains fascinating historical and scientific information on the chapter topic, Did You Know? trivia boxes, Words to Know, and one to four activities and experiments. This book is amazingly comprehensive, and I was astounded by the amount of information and fun (and educational) stuff the author included. I can definitely see how this book could be a great complement for several historical/time period studies! It is also a wonderful study by itself, as it shows readers how food has played a vital part in the development of our cultural roles and how nutritional studies have evolved and developed over the centuries. A highly recommended resource! School Library Journal This broad overview of food touches on its history and future, production and packaging, social and cultural practices, and health and safety concerns. ... the information presented and questions posed on food packaging, mega-farming, locally grown vs. commercially grown foods, free-range grazing, and healthy food choices make this a particularly up-to-date survey. Scientific and technical terms are highlighted in bold print and defined in an inset on the spread where they are found. Every chapter concludes with two to three hands-on activities that range from cooking to science and art projects (pinata cakes, potato maze, and a farmer's market survey). Each spread offers a mix of black-and-white spot art

About the Author

Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth's Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC. Farah Rizvi is a graphic designer and an illustrator. She moved to the United States in 2000 and received her bachelor's degree in graphic design with a concentration in French from Colby-Sawyer College.

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128 pages


Kathleen M. Reilly
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Nomad Press

Publication date

1st September 2010



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