Bite by Bite: American History Through Feasts, Foods, and Side Dishes

S. & S./­Atheneum. May 2024. 176p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781665935500.
Gr 6 Up–The authors take readers on a culinary journey of the cultural, historical, and social influences on American eating habits. Beginning in 10,000 BCE, this title explores the Indigenous foods of the Americas and their contributions to the societies of that time. The analysis continues through colonial times, European immigration, civil rights, and the modern day. The text-heavy pages and an ample index will appeal to students researching history or food. Those reading for pleasure will be immersed in the captivating writing and may find themselves interested in further exploring topics like the influence of World War I on German food, invention of nachos, or impact of Buddhism on the vegan diet. A table of contents, index, and sources will help readers use the text and explore beyond its pages.
VERDICT A recommended purchase that will find a satisfied audience among tweens and teens researching food or American history.

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