Monday, January 23, 2012

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog

This brightly colored, fact-filled book by Adrienne Sylver is a great way for hot dog enthused children to learn about the history of their favorite food.  An easy-to-understand paragraph worth of history is presented on each spread, with cartoon illustrations by Elwood H. Smith.  These take you through the basic history of the dog, with sidebars exploring tangents and statistics such as which cities eat the most hot dogs, the history of mustard and ketchup, and the names of some famous hot dog stands.  Finished off with some family recipes, this is a book that will leave you informed, entertained, and perhaps ready to eat!

Try also:

It's disgusting- and we ate it! by James Solheim
How sweet it is (and was): the history of candy by Ruth Freeman Swain
Double cheeseburgers, quiche, and vegetarian burritos by Loretta Frances Ichord
The burger and the hot dog by Jim Aylesworth
They ate what? The weird history of food by Richard Platt

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