World of Food


Did you know that the curry tree ‘is actually a member of the citrus family‘? Then again, did you know that croissants originate from Austria? They were ‘first baked- to celebrate a military victory over the Ottoman Empire’!

Alongside the history and variety of foods, World of Food is a story of how globalisation has introduced different foods to us. Then again, it has also caused problems, from food mountains, to over fishing. What’s more, in a double page about milk, we read how it is considered that peoples in countries with less sunlight, have a DNA code to enable us to digest milk as adults. Despite this, we read here, and in a section about dairy farming, how plant-based alternatives to milk are ‘more and more popular’. 

Included in the history, variety and diversity, are food facts, such as about the use of herbs, or how wheat and other staples are used in different country’s recipes. Then we learn how popular foodstuffs, for example chocolate, are made, from seed pod, in this instance, to nibs with sugar and milk. Then we read of popular sweets and treats, ahead of festive foods.

World of Food concludes with ‘tricky questions’ about greenhouse gases, for example, and food poverty.

Altogether, Bookwagon considers World of Food is a mighty, essential title to read, consider, share and understand. Its presentation alongside the depths of research and information, are quite magnificent.

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World of Food

A delicious discovery of what we eat

Written by Sandra Lawrence, illustrated by Violeta Noy

(Templar Books)

Although we know that ‘half of our diet should be fruits and vegetables‘, there is a lot that we do not know about what we and others eat. Sandra Lawrence and Violeta Noy, explain the roles, history and varieties of foods in World of Food. Thereafter, foods are introduced by a breakdown of their essential content. Furthermore, we read of each individual history, and how they’ve been introduced to and used by other countries. What’s more, we read of varieties, alongside how they are eaten.
For example, the tuber has been a vital dietary choice for ‘thousands of years’. In fact, potatoes can be tracked back to Peru and Bolivia ‘possibly as early as 10, 0000 BCE’. However,, in Europe potatoes were so important that Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI ‘wore potato flowers in their clothes’!
Then again, we investigate other foods, from fungi, including dangers and variety, to the yeasts they contain, to rice and wheat. In fact, did you know that congee, ‘a sticky rice breakfast porridge‘ was thought to have been added to the mortar of The Great Wall of China?
This book is current, so that we read about overfishing and meat- free diets. Then again, we’re informed about more anecdotal facts, such as chilli heats and herbs we might include in our cooking.
Like I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast, World of Food is a resourceful, thorough and fascinating title. Bookwagon recommends this book for reading at home, talking about, and then including on school bookshelves.



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