How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables is a perfect read at the start of the new year when we are barraged with reminders to eat healthier. Author Rebecca Rupp, who usually writes for children, has packed her book with tons of information and even more hilarity.
Each chapter explores the culinary, agricultural, scientific and social sagas of a different vegetable. A few fruits earn chapters as well, including melons, and of course, tomatoes. Rebecca manages to share real nutritional data, ancient recipes and long-standing vegetable myths with her light-hearted prose and little, "funny but true", snippets.
Current vegetable varieties have suffered long and often prejudiced histories to become the well-respected fundamentals of our daily diets!