Weekend cooking: The world in your lunchbox by Claire Eamer


Discover the tasty stories behind the foods we love.

A ham sandwich on white bread. Macaroni and cheese. Peanut-butter-and-banana roll-ups. They may sound like ordinary items, but they take us on an amazing journey through the rich history and astonishing science of food.
Explore a week of lunches—from apples to pizza—by taking a romp through thousands of years of extraordinary events. With a vibrant design and quirky illustrations, THE WORLD IN YOUR LUNCH BOX is like the perfect lunch: satisfying, well-balanced, and totally delicious.



In a nutshell:

I read it in: English

I liked it:     Yes, I love visual reference books for kids

For people who like: food, history of food, children who want to know more about what they are eating

My thoughts: 

This is a book for 8 to 12 year old children. I got it because it sounded interesting, looked cute and I really like visual reference books for kids.

Unfortunately my e-reader makes it impossible to read such books, so I had to read it on my computer, which is not very comfortable. However, I enjoyed the book so much that I am inclined to get a print edition to get a better look and to go through it with my boys.

Now, the lunches we are talking about are definitely North American. Hot Dogs, macaroni & cheese or tortillas are not the typical European lunch for children, but we do know that kind of food, so it didn’t matter. Then again, you can’t get more old world-ish than a ham sandwich…

Every lunch (there are seven) consists of various food components, like for example, ham, bread, tomatoes and watermelons, each of which is explained in detail in the following chapter. There is a general information about the meal/dish (Earl of Sandwich), a historical info page (Ancient Romans knew cured ham) and a scientific one (how come salt protects meat from going bad?). I learned lots from this book, or did you know about sugar and hotness molecules in mustard seeds?

Of course, everything is explained in an uncomplicated way, suitable for children. So don’t expect detailed  excursions into the scientific ins and outs of food chemistry. But is is interesting, educational and fun.

There are tons of cute illustrations by Sa Boothroyd that add another layer of entertainment to the book. Additional in-between pages with information on cultural differences (British chips are not like American chips) or with historical facts (what did a medieval child have for lunch? – Pottage!) complete this delightful and informative book for children who want to know more about their daily food.

Highly recommended!

Product info and buy link :

Title The world in your lunchbox
Author Claire Eamer
Publisher Annick Press
ISBN 9781554513925
I got this book from Netgalley
Buy link Buy The world in your lunchbox
More info You can have a look inside the book and learn more about author and illustrator at Annick Press

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads

13 Comments Write a comment

  1. To me the title was more appetizing than the actual contents, I guess. It triggered my love for bento boxes but it isn’t really about food in a box, is it? Thanks for you review; now I won’t fall in the trap of buying it just based on the title! Enough books on my shelf already, LOL.


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