38 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Index
ISBN 0-7787-0296-0
DDC j641.3'09




Reviewed by Steve Pitt

Steve Pitt is a Toronto-based freelance writer and an award-winning journalist. He has written many young adult and children's books, including Day of the Flying Fox: The True Story of World War II Pilot Charley Fox.


The history and mystery of food are explored in this fascinating book
where everyone from Andy Warhol to the Hindu god Ganesh seems to have a
connection to food. The book is divided into 13 short chapters, and each
chapter is further divided into small sections that examine in detail
one particular aspect of the chapter subject. Six or more color
photographs or illustrations anchor each page.

The first chapter, “Good Food Is ...,” explains the basic food
groups and why some foods are good for people while others are not. It
also examines how basic geographical, cultural, and historical
differences have influenced what people eat around the world. The next
chapter, “Producing Food,” provides an overview of how people obtain
food by hunting, fishing, or farming, and shows how people produced food
in ancient times. Other chapters include “The Journey Food Makes,”
“Fast and Slow Food,” “All Things Nice ...,” “Food
Problems,” “Food and Lifestyle,” “Color and Flavor,”
“Stimulating Drinks,” “Water,” and “Ways People Eat.”
MacDonald’s fast-paced prose makes this volume one of the most
entertaining books on the subject. Highly recommended.


Macdonald, Fiona., “Food,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 17, 2024,