Book Review: Strange Foods


Boy oh Boy was this book interesting.  It is geared towards kids, but I think it will gross out just about anyone.  The book is full of “Strange Foods” but I really think more of them were gross than strange.  Candy that I don’t think should be considered candy (and that I would never eat), fish that could make you die if you eat too much of it (puffer fish), fruit that smells so bad it is banned from being eaten in some areas (but apparently it tastes really good – that is if you can open it – it’s covered in spikes), cheese that is delicious but covered in maggots (so you need safety goggles to handle it!)… Yeah.

And that is just some of the things you will learn about if you read Strange Foods.  It is only 36 pages, but that is just about 36 too many 😉  It is really interesting what some other countries consider a delicacy and what other people actually eat.  I can’t say there is anything in this book that I absolutely must try since I read about it, but I do know a bunch of random facts about strange foods that may show up in trivia now!

Certainly an interesting read and sure to entertain your children! (And probably gross them and you out a bit too!)

I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in order to write this review.  I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

You might think anchovies and fruitcake are pretty weird foods. But wait until you hear about durian, a huge, spiky fruit that smells like gym socks. Or salmiakki, the licorice with a salty, fishy taste. And don’t forget kopi luwak, the coffee made from…poop! Discover all kinds of unusual foods from around the world!

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