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Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Weird Stuff You Didn't Know About Food

by Frieda Wishinsky & Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Travis King

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diet & nutrition
list price: $9.99
published: 2008
publisher: Scholastic Inc
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Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Weird Stuff You Didn’t Know About Food

Future chefs and dieticians will find this fun and entertaining book about food a fascinating read. Topics include food through the ages; breakfast foods; traditions and superstitions about food; the science behind food; and records, inventions and trivia about food. Sidebars, recipes and activities are included to round out the fun!

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice)
  • Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada - Information Book Award
  • Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Award, Non-Fiction
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year
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Did you know that radishes are a common breakfast food in Japan? Why do Americans love corn dogs? Do watermelons remove freckles? Can you really clean a toilet with a can of cola? Where does the expression "say cheese" come from? Did you know that in 1919 a molasses flood killed 21 people in Boston? What child isn't going to want to know the answers to these questions? Step into any school cafeteria and you'll hear kids buzzing about food. Everything but the Kitchen Sink builds on that fascination with food through history, science, art, superstitions, and world records. Organized in 10 fast-paced and fun chapters, Everything but the Kitchen Sink will present bite-size facts, interviews with fantastic "foodies," and amazing but true sidebars. Some recipes and activities are also included.

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Frieda Wishinsky

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Elizabeth MacLeod

ELIZABETH MACLEOD is the author of many Canadian nonfiction titles including the Canada Close Up series titles Canadian Government, Canada’s Trees and Canadian Money in addition to the award-winning Scholastic Canada Biography series and Canada Year-By-Year. She lives in Toronto, Ontario and enjoys reading, swimming, theatre, botany and tap dancing.

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Travis King

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