Saturday, November 13, 2021

" Bugs For Breakfast" - a bookwrap



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Eggs and bugs for breakfast... yum! Ready?  Let's dig in shall we?  


Bugs for Breakfast: How Eating Insects Could Help Save the Planet

By Mary Boone


* Ages:  9-12

* Grade Level:  4-7

* Length:  145 pages

* Publisher:  Chicago Review Press

* Pub. Date:  Oct. 19, 2021

* Language:  English

The Back Cover

Most North Americans would rather squish a bug than eat it.

But mopane worms are a tasty snack in Zimbabwe, baby bees are eaten right out of the can in Japan, and grasshopper tacos are popular in Mexico. More than one-fourth of the world’s population eats insects—a practice called entomophagy. Bugs for Breakfast helps middle-grade readers understand the role insects fill in feeding people around the world.


Readers will be introduced to the insect specialties and traditions around the globe. They'll discover how nutritious bugs can be and why dining on insects is more environmentally friendly than eating traditional protein sources. Kids will see how making small changes in their own diets could help ensure no one goes hungry. It even includes 13 insect recipes!



"Mary Boone's Bugs for Breakfast sparks curiosity and delights bug lovers of all ages in this well-researched and engaging book about edible insects. Readers will rethink squashing bugs and consider the ways insects as a food source can change our world." --Annette Whipple, author of Scurry! The Truth About Spiders

"Bugs for Breakfast is at once a cookbook, a world tour of cultures, and an environmental exposé. Farts, feces, the Earth's future--Boone isn't afraid to go there. Middle-grade readers with a passion for saving the planet will gladly follow her through the ew and awesome of an eco-trend coming to a plate near you!" --Heather L. Montgomery, author of Bugs Don't Hug

"Bugs for Breakfast is the book I wish I had when I first started working with edible insects--it's incredibly informative, entertaining, and quite simply delicious! While targeting a younger audience, this will still be the book that I recommend anyone interested in entomophagy read immediately." --Chef Joseph Yoon, Brooklyn Bugs 

"An excellent bug-ginner's guide to the world of entomophagy. Young readers will learn something new on every page." --Daniella Martin, author of Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet

"Bugtastic! This delectably comprehensive book is perfect for curious kids and adults. Full of history, environmental facts, recipes and even projects for kids, the reader will dive into the world of entomophagy and come away with a new outlook on what we see as food." --Ginny Mitchell, education program coordinator, Insect Zoo, Iowa State University 

  My Take

This middle grade, well researched, nonfiction book will be an instant hit with that age group.  Place it in a classroom or a school library and it will fly off the shelf immediately!  Eating bugs is a world-wide phenomena and has been going on for centuries.  People who indulge in bug bingeing are known as entomophagous.

Mophane worms are a go-to snack in Zimbabwe, baby bees are eaten right out of the can and are a favourite in Japan, and grasshopper tacos are given a thumbs-up in Mexico.  More than one-fourth of the world's population eat insects.  

"Bugs For Breakfast" is educational and extremely compelling.  It opens up the minds of those who read it to perhaps give bug eating at least a try.  After all bugs are environmentally friendly and very nutritious.  If people decide to tweak their diets and include bugs then maybe many people in the world will not have to go hungry.  The author has included 12 tasty insect recipes to ponder and at some point  sample.  For example: 

" Peanut Butter Dip"

1 cup (250 g) plain Greek yogurt

1/3 cup (95 g) creamy peanut butter

1 tbs (21 g) honey

1 tbsp ( 17 g ) 100% cricket powder

1 tsp ( 2.6 g) cinnamon or pumpkin spice

Place all ingredients in a small bowl.  Blend with a hand mixer until smooth.  Serve with apple slices, bananas, berries, or pretzels.  Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. 

Recipe from Shelley Smith of Gym-N-Eat Crickets

I learned so much from reading the book and although at this point I would find bugs a little hard to swallow... ok even difficult to put into my mouth... I have learned in life to never-say-never!  Think I ever will chance a nibble?  Would you?  I highly recommend this book.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!




Meet the Author


Mary Boone has ridden an elephant, jumped out of an airplane, and baked dozens of cricket cookies—all in the interest of research for her books and magazine articles. She's written more than 50 nonfiction books for young readers, ranging from inventor biographers to how-to craft guides. Mary grew up on a farm in Iowa and spent many years writing and editing for daily newspapers. She now lives in Tacoma, Washington.

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