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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Food Books for Youth
Whether they want to trace the life of a french fry, learn how to boil an egg, or discover what kids around the world eat for breakfast, young readers can explore all their epicuriosities with this list of standout food-themed titles, all reviewed in Booklist over the past five years.
Around the World Cookbook. By Abigail Johnson Dodge. 2008. illus. DK, $19.99 (9780756637446). Gr. 4–7.
Part of the burgeoning group of globally focused youth cookbooks, this photo- and fact-filled title combines youth-friendly recipes with cultural facts.
Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story about Edna Lewis. By Robbin Gourley. Illus. by the author. 2009. Clarion, $16 (9780618158362). K–Gr. 3.
Inspired by the childhood of Edna Lewis, a famous African American chef, this picture-book debut from an artist and cookbook author celebrates the pleasures of growing, cooking, and sharing fresh food with family.
Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know about Fast Food. By Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson. 2006. illus. Houghton/Graphia, $16 (9780618710317). Gr. 6–9.
Based on Schlosser’s best-selling adult book Fast Food Nation (2001), this title folds new material into its sobering, eye-opening exposé of McFood.
Cooking Up a Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook. By Sam Stern and Susan Stern. 2006. illus. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763629885). Gr. 6–9.
With help from his mom, English teen Sam Stern delivers an energetic, unusual cookbook that targets guys but will appeal to girls, too. Fans can continue on with Real Food, Real Fast (2007) and Get Cooking (2009).
Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming. By Jan Reynolds. 2009. illus. Lee & Low, $19.95 (9781600602542). Gr. 4–7.
Filled with beautiful color images, this lucid photo-essay explains basic concepts of sustainability through the millennium-old tradition of Balinese rice farming.
Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs. By Rozanne Gold. Illus. by Phil Mansfield. 2009. illus. Bloomsbury, $21.99 (9781599902821). Gr. 9–12.
Chef Gold, who wrote Kids Cook 123 (2006), targets teens in a cookbook that emphasizes fresh foods and healthy eating.
Food for Thought: The Stories behind the Things We Eat. By Ken Robbins. Illus. by the author. 2009. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $17.95 (9781596433434). Gr. 2–4.
Following such similar titles as Apples (2002) and Pumpkins (2006), Robbins’ eye-catching picture book combines vibrantly hued photographs with engaging information and lore about food.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets behind What You Eat. By Michael Pollan and Richie Chevat. 2009. illus. Dial, $17.99 (9780803734159). Gr. 6–10.
This exemplary youth edition of Pollan’s award-winning, watershed adult title, The Omnivore’s Dilemma (2006), explores how food arrives on the table with expanded, accessible terms and all-new visuals.
Salad People and More Real Recipes. By Mollie Katzen. Illus. by the author. 2005. Ten Speed, $17.95 (9781582461410). PreS–Gr. 2.
As in Pretend Soup (1994), Katzen offers another gold-standard collection of vegetarian, kid-friendly recipes in an artistic, innovative format.
What the World Eats. By Faith D’Aluisio. Illus. by Peter Menzel. 2008. Tricycle, $22.99 (9781582462462). Gr. 4–8.
Based on the author’s James Beard Award–winning adult title, Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (2005), this survey, illustrated with stunning color photos, examines what people across the globe eat in a single week.
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