Botany, zoology, chemistry, human physiology, nutrition, and other aspects of science are at the center of this highly readable photo-essay, illustrated with numerous color photos, diagrams, and sidebars on every double-page spread. Starting with a focus on pizza, the casual, interactive text discusses why the body needs vitamins, calories, salt, fats, and proteins; explains with step-by-step facts how the digestive system breaks down food and extracts the nutrients; and explores how food comes from fields to plates. Included among the covered topics are the chemistry of fertilizers and pesticides, the obesity epidemic, the technology of genetic modification, fish-farming, and fast food, providing a wide-reaching, global, and historical view. Most urgent are the environmental issues: what about world hunger problems? Can science come to the rescue with genetically modified crops and are there dangers involved? A packed page containing a glossary and list of resources closes this food-for-thought title. Grades 5-8. --Hazel Rochman
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"No child - nor uninformed adult, for that matter - should be able to read Who Wants Pizza? without rethinking their relationship with food."
Quill & Quire, starred review
"No doubt even adult readers will learn something from this engaging book."
To truly understand the significance of what we eat, take a look at this book
Nutrition for the mind, a treat for the intellect.”
YA Books Central
ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year, Juvenile Non-Fiction Category, Finalist 2010