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It's Disgusting and We Ate It! True Food Facts from Around the World and Throughout History Paperback – July 1, 2001
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Food cuisine from around the world and the strange things people have found to be delicacies is the topic of this fun book. While most American children wouldn't eat cooked spiders for a million dollars, they may be interested to find that spiders, grubs and other insects are considered not only cruncy delights in other countries, but pound-per-pound they have more nutritional value than most snack foods we eat in the states!
"It's Disgusting" is a well researched, well illustrated book that I would file in the `expand your horizions' section. We easily forget that not everyone is like us or likes the same things we do. Hindis would be revolted, shocked and offended if we ate hamburger in front of them. Asian cultures find soup made from birds' nests a delicy (the nest itself is largely made of the birds spit) as well as sun dried jellyfish. Closer to home, at one point in history in the US turkey was once considered a food that would make you stupid and tomatoes were once considered poisionous. The passenger pigeons of yesteryear who used to blacken the sky by the millions were made extinct in part because of people's desire to eat them.
Meanwhile, today many food thickeners are made from seaweed or the hooves of animals (carageenan and gelatin, respectively), and some colorings are made from the carapaces (exoskeletons) of insects. However, no one seems to be worrying about horse hooves and bug juice in their yoghurt these days...Read more ›
The book is divided, like Gaul, into three parts. The first looks at the exotic tastes found around the world, the second looks at some of the more interesting dishes in history, and the third is an eye-opening look at some of the facts behind contemporary American favorites, such as the hot dog. There are a few recipes, mostly having to do with things you could actually cook today with some effort and parental guidance, along with poems, charts, tables, stories, and a map. The big question is whether or not the idea that something "tastes like chicken" (e.g., grilled guinea pig) is a universal goal. I mean, if it tastes like steak or lobster, would that be a bad thing?
"It's Disgusting and We Ate It!" is also educational (spiders having more protein than beef made my day though why the giant ones from New Guinea taste like peanut butter is beyond me), even if you decide never to try python in vinegar, horse blood, or cicadas fat with eggs (even if Aristotle did recommend it as an after school snack). But mostly it is just involves the fun of thinking that in another time or another place people actually ate these things, which will just make the information go down easier.
My favourite section is part three - Strange Stories from your own Kitchen which explains what cows eat and how that food gets turned into the milk which we drink. There is also similar information on how bees make honey.
There's also a few recipes and 19 poems as well. I am not really into poems so they didn't do much for me but if you are into poetry then this may well be a bonus for you. The illustrations in this book are sensational though, and worth the price alone.
Kids will love this book. It is humorous and best of all the kids you know will be discussing these things at lunch to gross each other out. I predict it will be a popular checkout in your libraries. You will have trouble keeping it on your library shelves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun, educational, fun, anthropological info, fun and fabulous! this book is going to my grandkids and children friends. It's a delight!Published 15 days ago by Bernice Curtiss
It describes a lot of strange foods around the world. I got it for my world traveling boyfriend and he really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by RENEE
My grandson and the 5th graders in his class loved my reading of this book to them so much that they wrote me a "thank you" note. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Belly Dancing Diva
Purchased 3 of these books for holiday party...boy and girls loved. Fun and somewhat disgusting facts about food!Published 17 months ago by Wende L. Bebout
Little bit difficult to read as it has no clear cut paragraphs but more random readingPublished 20 months ago by Kristen Wilson
Funny. It had enough gross out factor to keep my son interested while being informative.Published 22 months ago by patty jones
My 9 year old is having fun reading this and telling us all about the strange stuff people ate. Sometimes she tells us at the wrong time-like during dinner! Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Mom_2_3