Friday, August 12, 2022

Ultimate Food Atlas: Maps, Games, Recipes, and More for Hours of Delicious Fun by Nancy F. Castaldo & Christy Mihaly from National Geographic Kids [Giveaway]

 National Geographic Kids -- The Ultimate Food Atlas (ages 8-12, paperback and hardback library edition), a culinary tour around the world that reveals the rich diversity of foods and cultures from many different countries.  

My thoughts: 
This is quite an interesting book and would be a great resource when doing school reports on continents or countries. Kids could incorporate food resources and preparation into the report making it a bit different and interesting.

As the reader peruses this interesting book, they might be enticed to experiment a bit in their own kitchen with ingredients they can acquire at their local grocery store to experience another culture's food. Of course, local stores most likely won't have all the same ingredients since many are unique to their area, but similar items can be used to have something akin.

Regardless, it is interesting to see pictures and learn of new foods and likes across the globe that is our home, Earth.

NOTE: This is NOT a recipe book though there are some directions for food preparation. It is a book exploring the foods enjoyed in various parts of the world, food distribution maps, etc.

About The Ultimate Food Atlas: From monkey bread in Niger to hokey pokey ice cream in New Zealand, the National Geographic Kids Ultimate Food Atlas takes young readers on a culinary journey, showcasing a mouthwatering mixture of foods, feasts and festivals from around the globe. Kids can also learn about the food industry, food attractions and traditional meals from every continent; put on their chef's hat and try one of the recipes in the book (cherry kompot from Bulgaria, perhaps?); and get some helpful foodie travel tips (when visiting South America, be prepared that the big meal of the day is lunch and dinner is more of a light snack like an arepa or bread and cheese).  

With a cartographic attention to detail only National Geographic can deliver, this atlas features not only political world and continent-specific maps, but also has additional maps that show where on each continent different amounts of selected crops, livestock and featured foods are grown.  Every spread in the Ultimate Food Atlas contains gorgeous full color photos highlighting the food, culture, people, plants and animals on every continent and there are even sections dedicated to sustainable eating and the challenges and opportunities related to providing food for a changing world. This book has it all -- hours of foodie fun and page after page of informative maps, scrumptious fare, fascinating facts and a unique and approachable way to learn more about the world we live in. 

Begins August 12
Ends September 1 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Prize is provided and mailed directly to the winner by publisher or publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.


  1. I love the science ones most for the kids. I love the shark focused ones that have amazing photos of them.

  2. 1. I like their natural science books about nature and animals.
    2. Their yearly almanac is a great book for kids to read and enjoy.

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  3. 1) Which do you prefer for kid's National Geographic reading: science, space exploration, astrology, oceans, earth-science, archaeology? Other? NO kids so I just know what I like archaeology and oceans

    (3) Do you have a SPECIFIC Nat'l Geo Kids book you RECOMMEND? Any Natl Geo books on dinosaurs. I have ordered at least 7 of them in the last 4 years. Great great nephew told me on one his visit that he wanted me to get him dinosaurs books but NOT baby dinosaurs books. He loves his books and has taken them school many times.

  4. I like the space exploration.

  5. Today I've learned that sometimes taking a day for yourself, even though the work struggle is real and you feel guilty, you need to relax and feel better. My body needs REST!


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