Monday, May 27, 2013

Yummy Tummy Tuesdays - Strange Foods certainly! Yummy? not sure of that..

I was planning to take a break but what did I notice within a minute of posting an update on my blog that I will just be away for a couple of days - spam! That made me smile as I thought of some software trailing the web looking for posts like my previous one to post meaningless comments on:) 

And then, I thought I will peek in anyways when I can this week at my blog.

This week's Top Ten at The Broke and The Bookish is a freebie so here is my Top Ten - Children’s Magazines
  1. Target – My favorite children’s magazine as a kid, Target had it all. I read it from cover to cover as soon as I got it each month. It was a sad day when they stopped publishing this magazine.
  2. Misha – My favorite children’s magazine from another country as a kid – reading this took me across borders, literally! This is no longer published tooL. Note: You can read some issues of Misha online. Here is a link to one:
  3. Reader’s Digest – Though technically not a children’s magazine, I count it here since I recall reading many of the stories, regular features, and other articles in Reader’s Digest as a teenager (maybe even younger) and eagerly waited for this each month. I still enjoy this magazine though I feel that there are fewer pages and more ads now than then.
  4. Tinkle – Growing up in India, I read a lot of magazines. Tinkle was one favorite and this still continues to be a favorite among kids in India today. Started by Ananth Pai, lovingly called Uncle Pai, this was one of the first such children’s magazines in India.
  5. Boy’s Life – My 10 year old is a scout and we get this book every month just for being in scouting – it is packed with loads of great activities and information. It is filled with inspiring stories of kids doing their best and that has certainly worked wonders on my little ones!
  6. National Geographic for Kids – I love National Geographic in its every form!
  7. Time for Kids – My kids get this magazine from school and though I have read it a few times, I had to include it in this list for the fact that they enjoy reading it (and it is Time, after all).
  8. Spider – I first read this book at the doctor’s office and I just love the presentation – love at first sight – as they say. The contents of the book made me fall in love some more.
The last two are magazines I have not really read but when I found them, I was totally awed by them and plan to subscribe for them/look in the library as soon as I can.
  1. Stone Soup
  2. The Loop

Strange Foods
Michael J. Rosen (Author), Ben Kassoy (Co-Author), Doug Jones (Illustrator)
Lerner Publishing Group
Pub Date: Oct 1 2013 

Description: 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!  

My thoughts: Yuck! Gross! Really??!! This is how every member of my family greeted each and every line I read aloud (really!) from this book.  And needless to say, that is what I thought too, loudly!  From the durian to bug sauce, this book has it all. With information about the food and lots of photographs, this book is something kids will devour! (as an adult, I am not sure I relished reading it – pun intended, each and every one). Though there are a couple of things I might try, like the durian, which I have smelled not tasted, during my trips to Indonesia; or yak butter tea from Tibet - maybe just a sip of it.
The authors have definitely compiled a unique list of strange foods that will inspire a “yuck” or “What? Really? No way!” or even compel readers to try out the strange foods.  For the obsessed foodie and for those who love learning about ‘strange foods’, this book is perfect. The book also includes a list of other books for further reading and helpful websites. 

Rating: B
Reading Level: 7 years and up
Reread Level: 3.5/5 – might feel inclined to read it again to see if it is true..

Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a e-copy of the ARC. The opinions expressed here are my own.

A twist on Teaser Tuesdays continues with this week's teaser from the book Dessert Designer: Creations You Can Make and Eat! (Capstone Young Readers) by Dana Meachen Rau (Author)

This one is adorable and so easy to make - I am trying it as soon as I get me some wafers.
This teaser is from the ARC I received from NetGalley sometime back (review next week).


  1. durian is common in where i live and i dont find the smell of it yuck or gross haha

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  2. Childrens' magazines! From that list, I read Reader's Digest, Time for Kids, and NG Kids, but I also remember nursing a strong obsession with Discovery Girls. :)

  3. Interesting TTT topic -- I haven't heard of most of those magazines, although my kids used to really love National Geographic for Kids. I haven't re-subscribed, but it is a great magazine!

    P.S. I ate plenty of durian while an exchange student in The Philippines. It smells weird, but tastes good.

  4. Wow, I don't know that I would ever have the patience to make that...

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    Mei @ Diary of a Fair Weather Diver


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