If there’s one thing I love in a nonfiction book, it’s a descriptive subtitle! Really! So I was delighted to receive the latest from Blogging for Books (in exchange for an honest review):
This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?: From Eggnog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of What’s Inside Everyday Products by Patrick Di Justo.
This interesting, eye-opening, and sometimes alarming book is based on Wired.com‘s popular column, “What’s Inside?” Di Justo isn’t going for the gross-out here, or looking to tear down any particular snack or product. He approaches each item, and its different ingredients, with “nothing but curiosity and a desire to have that curiosity satisfied.” The book has two sections:
- This Is What You Put In Your Mouth
- This Is What You Don’t Put In Your Mouth
I found his discussions of “healthy” items like Power Bars and Vita Coco Coconut Water especially interesting, as well as things we use every day like Axe Deodorant, Red Bull, and gasoline. This book is a perfect choice whether you read it cover-to-cover or just browse through a handful of chapters. It’s a conversational, entertaining tour of those hard-to-pronounce ingredients, where they come from, and what they do. Check it out TODAY in the high school library!