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“Rebecca Rupp has done us the favor of serving up a savory history of something many of us don’t think much about—vegetables. . . . How Carrots Won the Trojan War assembles a palatable cornucopia of these stories, both satisfying and delicious.”
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"Honestly, this might be the most delightful, laugh-yourself-silly title to make its way onto the garden bookshelf in a long, long time."


How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (But True) Stories of Common Vegetables is a delightful romp into the history of the vegetables gracing our common tables from noted expert and author Rebecca Rupp.

About the Author

Rebecca Rupp has written more than a dozen books for children and adults, including Weather! and How Carrots Won the Trojan War. She holds a PhD in cell biology and biochemistry and has written hundreds of articles for magazines, including Country Journal, Early American Life, Mother Earth News, Natural History, and Utne Reader. She lives in Vermont.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603429689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603429689
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rebecca Rupp has written nonfiction articles for many national magazines on topics ranging from the history of blue jeans to the science of ice cream. She is also the author of THE DRAGON OF LONELY ISLAND, THE WATERSTONE, and several nonfiction books, both for children and adults. Of THE RETURN OF THE DRAGON, she says, 'I hope all of you enjoy the return of Fafnyr's cave - and hearing from Aunt Mehitabel again - as much as I have. Much as I love the three-headed dragon, I also love Aunt Mehitabel. I plan to be just like her when I turn eighty-five.' Rebecca Rupp lives in Vermont with her husband, three sons, three cats, and a tarantula named Immanuel Kant.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa McKay on March 1, 2012
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I picked up this book at the library hoping for some inspiration to support my new regime of eating more micronutrients in vegetable form, (after seeing the documentary "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead", and purchasing Eat to Live) Well. This book is so deleriously delightful, I am ordering a copy for a foodie pal, and one for myself, to keep. The main reason why I love it: the author combines history, folklore and vital nutritional information all in one well-written and witty package. Oh--and there are adorable illustrations announcing the beginning of each chapter. It's a creative effort well researched and well executed. Kudos to Ms. Rupp!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harry W. Winkler Jr. on February 24, 2012
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This text is basically the curious and humorous history of 19 commmon vegetables. Each chapter is heavily researched with ample references as to the source of the information. It is one of the books that a reader will retain for their private library. An absolute must read for anyone since we all eat vegetables. I give it my highest endorsement.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By derrick on July 5, 2012
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What an interesting collection of stories about vegetables. I loved the many discoveries I made in this book. Do you know why Boston is called "Bean Town?" This book will tell you. Do you know how a common misconception about carrots helped the British survive the Battle of Britain? This book will tell you. Do you know why peppers and onions make those spicy flavors that sting your eyes and tongue? This book will tell you. Do you know why people were afraid to eat tomatoes for years? This book will tell you. It is a treasure trove of hundreds of delightful stories about foods we eat all the time. And there is also a good deal of science in here as well as the origins and properties of the different vegetables are discussed. All in all, this book accomplished exactly what it said it would. Good read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hilltop Granny on April 19, 2013
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What fun ! Great combination of history, culture, and food in fun short read. Definitely will make eating asparagus and all the other veggies lots more interesting if not tasty. Highly recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick on January 15, 2013
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Lots of Oh-my facts that we were unaware of! Very intertaining. After reading our copy we sent several copies. The gift copies we distributed were very well received.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian Sternberg on February 15, 2012
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A very well written and informative book,just a good afternoon read with a lot of funny and interesting facts about fruit and vegatables,if you like books like this it fills the bill.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Anderson on September 7, 2012
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This book was a lot of fun to read! Each chapter is about one vegetable - it's history, development, and a lot of interesting stories. I was continually reading funny or interesting bits aloud to my family! I liked it well enough that I gave one to my brother and sister-in-law.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Silea TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2013
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There's an awful lot of interesting trivia in this book, but it's all thrown together. I think part of the problem is that when they ported it to kindle, something went wrong. I'm guessing that there are inset bits of text in the book, but in the kindle version, they just got shoved into the main text. So you'll be reading along in a small narrative about a piece of the history of the turnip, then bam, it cuts to another anecdote, and swaps back to the first when it's done.

So i learned a lot of interesting things, like why tomatoes are self-fertile, but i always had to push myself to get back to the book after my reading was interrupted by life. There's no coherent anything, really. It's a bunch of interesting trivia strung together.

And if what you really want to know is how carrots won the trojan war, i'll save you a few dollars: the soldiers in the Trojan Horse are reputed to have eaten carrots while waiting. There you go, all done. That's about the depth of any of the stories in this book.
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