Kid Lit Review of “The World In Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods” by Claire Eamer

World in Lunch Box

As the author writes in her preface, “Every kind of food, no matter how basic, has ties with exciting history, amazing science, and some very strange stories.”

I love food, so of course I love learning about it. What did people eat 10,000 years ago? What did medieval people eat? How did black pepper save the city of Rome from the Visigoths (at least temporarily)? What did the famous mathematician Pythagoras use mustard for in ancient Greece? In which country do people eat the most ice cream? What does World War II have to do with pizza? Who invented potato chips and why?


A number of historical tidbits and jokes are interspersed throughout the text. For example:

“Q. How do you fix a broken tomato?
A. With tomato paste, of course!”

Humorous, quirky drawings by the talented artist Sa Boothroyd are featured on each page.


The back of the book includes “Top Ten Favorite, Fantastic, and Fun Food Facts,” suggestions for further reading, and a bibliography.

Evaluation: This entertaining book is bound to please kids and adults alike.

Rating: 4/5

Published by Annick Press, 2012


Eureka! Children’s Book Award, Silver
Best Books for Children List, Science Books & Films
Best Bets List, Ontario Library Assoc.
Best Books for Kids & Teens 2012, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award
Red Cedar Award
Recommended Reads List, Canadian Toy Testing Council
Canadian Science Writers’ Association Book Award finalist
Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award nomination
Silver Birch Award nomination



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