Food Fight!: A Mouthwatering History Of Who Ate What And Why Through The Ages by Tanya SteelFood Fight!: A Mouthwatering History Of Who Ate What And Why Through The Ages by Tanya Steel

Food Fight!: A Mouthwatering History Of Who Ate What And Why Through The Ages

byTanya Steel

Hardcover | September 11, 2018

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Grab your knife and fork and get ready to dig in to human history through the lens of food and the struggle to acquire it with award-winning celebrity food editor and author Tanya Steel. This book includes 30 kid-tested and approved recipes inside!

Did you know that Christopher Columbus set out on his most famous voyage in search not of the new world, but cinnamon? Or that rich people in the Middle Ages served flaming peacocks and spun sugar castles to their lucky dinner party guests? Did you ever wonder why M&Ms were invented? (Hint: That candy coating isn't just for decoration!) The quest for food has inspired all kinds of adventures and misadventures around the world, and this book explores the wildest and wackiest of them all, from prehistoric times through modern day.

Hungry readers can go on a finger-licking romp through the ages to discover the origins of today's common foods, yucky habits of yore, marvelous inventions that changed the way we ate and cooked, and the weirdest menus on record. Amazing stats and fast food facts are featured throughout, along with 30 original recipes, each specific to a particular time and place. So, if you are curious about how food shaped global history and culture, put this book on the menu.
TANYA STEEL is a global food industry leader. She initiated the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' "State Dinner" with former First Lady Michelle Obama, an annual event that was held at the White House. Steel is the former editorial director of Clean Plates,, Gourmet Live, and; she was an editor at Bon Appé...
Title:Food Fight!: A Mouthwatering History Of Who Ate What And Why Through The AgesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 11.13 × 9.5 × 0.71 inPublished:September 11, 2018Publisher:National Geographic SocietyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1426331622

ISBN - 13:9781426331626


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Frankly funny and intriguingly interesting Frankly, I am amazed at the interwoven history, geography, and foods that National Geographic has cooked up for young readers in this book. The expertise of author Tanya Steel in the food industry has lent itself well to the development of recipes that are adapted from perceived foods and recipes of long-ago peoples. Beginning with prehistoric era and the beginning use of fire to cook food provides an interesting study for history buffs or budding history buffs. Man's journey through the years has involved an interesting evolution of dietary choices. How man found and adapted the foods available to him to suit his tastes and his ability to prepare it through an also evolving methodology is quite interesting. The book is chronological from early history of man and food to current day. The author's conjecture is that domestication of animals began when man thought that creating a "pen" of sorts to keep the animals close at hand would enable them to have the food source readily available without having to hunt. Likewise, the development of agriculture and growing of crops close at hand rather than gathering from afar. This frankly funny and intriguingly interesting book is rife with pictures that make for a feast for the eyes. The recipes compiled by Tanya Steel are not beyond the scope and interest of kids. So whilst a parent (or teacher) may steer youngsters toward the contents of Food Fight: A Mouthwatering History of Who Ate What and Why Through the Ages, they will find themselves sneaking into the kitchen to test the adapted recipes for themselves. I like the easy to understand pictorial time line at the back of the book and the index which facilitates ease of information access. This is such a fun book and I think that libraries of all types as well as history buffs and foodies will enjoy and benefit from getting a copy of this book. I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review of my own opinions which are freely given.
Date published: 2018-10-04

Editorial Reviews

"The splashy, graphics-rich pages are likely to lure in curious browsers, and the recipes will be achievable for experienced young cooks who have adult help." -- Booklist