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Food: 25 Amazing Projects Review by Amy M. O’Quinn

By Kathleen M. Reilly
Nomad Press
2456 Christian Street
White River Junction, VT 05001

Do you want to give your children some "food for thought" as they explore the history and science of what we eat? Then check out this great resource written by Kathleen M. Reilly and published by Nomad Press. As part of the "Build It Yourself" series and geared to readers ages nine and up, Food: 25 Amazing Projects is just the kind of resource that homeschoolers will enjoy!

This 124-page softcover book contains the following sections:

Introduction: Feeling Hungry?
Chapter One: Picking the First Apple
Chapter Two: Farming, Past and Present
Chapter Three: Food & Cultures
Chapter Four: I Want It! Food in Demand
Chapter Five: Food Packaging
Chapter Six: Food Safety
Chapter Seven: Traditions and Celebrations
Chapter Eight: Food Across Time
Chapter Nine: Nutrition
Chapter Ten: "Meat" Me At The Veggie Stand
Chapter Eleven: Backyard Eating
Chapter Twelve: You're Eating What?
Chapter Thirteen: The Future of Food

Each section contains fascinating historical and scientific information on the chapter topic, "Did You Know?" trivia boxes, Words to Know, and one to four activities and experiments. This book is amazingly comprehensive, and I was astounded by the amount of information and fun (and educational) stuff the author included.

My favorite chapter was the one entitled "Food Across Time." I thought the experiments for making Civil War hardtack and pemmican were very interesting, and I can definitely see how this book could be a great complement for several historical/time period studies! It is also a wonderful study by itself, as it shows readers how food has played a vital part in the development of our cultural roles and how nutritional studies have evolved and developed over the centuries.

To find out more about this resource, go to You can read reviews, download an activity and a press kit, find links to other websites containing pertinent information about several of the chapters, and learn about other books in the series. The cost for Food: 25 Amazing Projects is $15.95, and I think this is a very fair price for what you get. A highly recommended resource!

Product review by Amy M. O'Quinn, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March 2011