Monday, February 16, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: Eating bugs...eeeew!

I just recently found out about this series Bearport Publishing has out, called "Extreme Cuisine" and believe me, your kids, especially boys, are going to absolutely LOVE these books. And you, my friends, will be running to the bathroom wanting to throw up. Perfect!

The series has 6 titles total, but I've only had the...ahem...pleasure (?) of reading two. Shocking Seafood, written by Dinah Williams, is filled with wonderfully yucky dishes made all over the world, featuring some rather interesting seafood creatures. In Vietnam apparently, fish heads fill soup bowls and in Greenland rotten shark meat is served in a dish called "hakarl." Oh and my favorite? In South Korea diners enjoy a meal called "sannakji" which features baby octopus arms dipped in sesame oil. Why sesame oil you ask? So the little suckers on each arm don't get stuck in your throat. Oh goodness me.

Each delightful dish is filled with (?) colored photograph of the described meal, with facts about how it's prepared. Also included is a glossary and world map pointing out the countries spoken about.

Moving on to the next delectable book, Bug-a-licious, written by Meishe Goldish, features meals made of lovely bugs. Yum! We have wasp crackers, made with digger wasps in Japan, giant water bug snacks (salted or fried) in Thailand, or spreadable stink bugs in South Africa. Yep, you read that one right...STINK BUG PATE! The vomit reflex is definitely kicking in!

Another one filled with fabulous, detailed photographs, simple text for earlier readers, and a nice glossary and index.

Seriously, if these books are enough to make us librarians and parents gag, they are definitely kid pleasers. Other titles in the series include: Baby Bug Dishes, Mammal Menu (I'm kinda scared of that one), Slithery, Slimy, Scaly Treats, and Spider-tizers and Other Creepy Treats.

Oh and if you haven't read my many raves about Bearport Publishing books, just let me mention again that they really do produce wonderfully put together books. They hold up to little kid fingers very well, perfect for library shelves.

To learn more or to purchase, click on either book cover to link to Amazon.


Abby said...

Eeew. Thanks for your review, Amanda. Those sound great for our kids and I added them to our next order. :)

Tricia said...

I reviewed a Bearport book today as well. We have the seafood book and find it surprisingly yucky (and fun)!

Jeane said...

Wow. Those book are something else. Bugs on the menu? Ugh.