Food Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Our Edible World
There are books and there are graphic novels. This book tried to be both, and it does a good job of straddling the fence. There is just as much content conveyed by the text as there is by the illustrations. Hence it entices those who are not fond of reading to flip through the book and perhaps read a little as well (as a coffee table book does). Unlike books with pictures, the graphics in this one are virtually all line art. While the scope of the book is very broad, the depth is necessarily sacrificed. Readers craving more information will have to do their own research as the book does not provide additional references.
The book has nine chapters with the first serving as an introduction. The remaining chapters cover foods by type (fruits and vegetables, grains, meats, dairy, snacks, spices, and desserts). These chapters are better organized than their titles would suggest. There is an effort to include exotic flavors along with the more traditional ones. There is a penchant toward highlighting the obscure, which makes the book attractive to adults as they are likely to learn something. The focus on breath and presenting factoids through easy text and stunning line art makes it attractive to children.
Overall, this is an excellent introduction to all things about food. The narrative is easy to understand and the material is well-researched, so expert and novice readers are likely to find something they did not know, and the short segments make the book ideal for a quick read in between tasks. A fun book to introduce food facts.
|Author||Julia Rothman • Rachel Wharton, Contributor|
|Page Count||224 pages|
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|Category||Cooking, Food & Wine|