Taste What You’re Missing by Barb Stuckey
This was fun. It is full of little “science experiments,” however, that might interest your eighth grader, but just get annoying to page through. They are along the lines of, “Puree different foods and add food coloring to make them all the same color, and put them in unlabeled jars. Hold your nose and taste them. Can you tell the difference?” Not very profound.
The takeaway: Slow down for Pete’s sake! Eat every bite with rapt attention. She’s a food lover. Her perspective is an interesting one, too: she isn’t a chef or scientist, but works in the food industry, making food taste better. Yup, adding aromas and artificial flavors – she doesn’t go into what distinguishes ‘natural’ from ‘artificial’ flavors, unfortunately.
So, bottom line, I could have learned more. But there were some share-worthy anecdotes along the way, and reading about food from a food lover is always the next best thing to eating food!