In the book world, the month of November is dedicated to reading and sharing nonfiction books. This month I’ll be sharing some non-fiction books that I think would be great for readers, young and old. These books will cover various topics and interests. If you’d like to see previous #NonFicNov posts, click HERE to see more amazing non-fiction books.
ULTIMATE FOOD ATLAS
Maps, Games, Recipes, for Hours of Foodie Fun
Published: June 14, 2022
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
Pack your bags because your child is about go on a food journey around the world. Ok, maybe not a literal trip, but through these pages, your child will travel all over, learning about the special foods that are grown, and dishes that are famous for the specific area.
Chocolate Santafereño is a hot chocolate drink in Bogota with an unexpected surprise at the bottom, salty white cheese. How have I made rhubarb desserts every spring and never known that the leaves of the plant are actually poisonous? Borscht is a Ukrainian soup made from beets, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, and other ingredients. I don’t think I would find too many kids around here being willing to eat this sour soup, but I’d love to try it.
This book was a fascinating food journey for me as an adult. As a kid, I was very picky and didn’t eat outside of my food bubble much. But, now as an adult, I’m much more willing to try “most” things. But, I can tell you I won’t be trying Ceti anytime soon. Ceti are a local delicacy in Puerto Rico. These tiny fish are cooked and eaten whole. No thanks.
The book covers every continent and the oceans by featuring foods grown in that continent, special dishes, well-known restaurants, and even some recipes sprinkled throughout the pages. On our trip to Canada a few years ago, we tried our first Poutine. I was thrilled to see a recipe for the Poutine gravy in the North America section. There are also Strange-but-True boxes with all kinds of interesting facts.
With National Geographic’s excellent photography, realistic illustrations, accurate and detailed maps, and facts written for kids to understand, this food atlas will be a treat for the whole family. If you live in a bigger city, you may actually be able to try many of these foods by visiting ethnic restaurants and trying some of the dishes mentioned. You could definitely have an international food night of your own by trying all the recipes featured in the book as well.