Atheneum Books for Young Readers Bite by Bite: American History through Feasts, Foods, and Side Dishes
Atheneum Books for Young Readers Bite by Bite: American History through Feasts, Foods, and Side Dishes

Bite by Bite: American History through Feasts, Foods, and Side Dishes

By Marc Aronson


Publication Date: May 28, 2024

+ -
Add to cart
Availability: Usually arrives within 5-10 days Pre-orders ship after the publication date.

Ages 10 And Up, Grades 5 And Up

Explore the fascinating history of America as told through the lens of food in this illustrated nonfiction middle grade book that lays out the diverse cultures that have combined to create the rich and delicious tapestry of the American country and cuisine.

As American as apple pie. It’s a familiar saying, yet gumbo and chop suey are also American! What we eat tells us who we are: where we’re from, how we move from place to place, and how we express our cultures and living traditions.

In twelve dishes that take readers from thousands of years ago through today, this book explores the diverse peoples and foodways that make up the United States. From First Salmon Feasts of the Umatilla and Cayuse tribes in the Pacific Northwest to fish fries celebrated by formerly enslaved African Americans, from “red sauce” Italian restaurants popular with young bohemians in the East to Cantonese restaurants enjoyed by rebellious young eaters in the West, this is the true story of the many Americas—laid out bite by bite.

About the Author

Marc Aronson is the acclaimed author of Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert, which earned four starred reviews. He is also the author of Rising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue and Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, winner of the ALA’s first Robert F. Sibert Award for nonfiction and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. He has won the LMP award for editing and has a PhD in American history from New York University. Marc is a member of the full-time faculty in the graduate program of the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife, Marina Budhos, and sons. You can visit him online at

Paul Freedman is a history professor at Yale University and the author of American Cuisine: And How it Got This Way, Ten Restaurants that Changed America, and Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination. He is also the editor of Food: The History of Taste.

Dr. Frederick Douglass Opie is a professor of history and foodways at Babson College, where he teaches courses such as “African American History and Foodways” and “Food and Civil Rights.” The author of Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America, he also hosts a food history blog.

Amanda Palacios has a master’s degree in anthropology with a minor in food studies and a graduate certificate in public health from New Mexico State University. She plans to do work on addressing health issues and food access in the border region.

Tatum Willis is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and descends from the Yakama, Nez Perce, and Oglala Lakota peoples. A graduate of Yale University, she is currently a managing director of Cayuse Mission Solutions, part of the Cayuse family of companies.

David Zheng is an artist and filmmaker. After growing up in China, he immigrated to South Carolina and later attended Yale University. His passion for cooking got him started in food history, and he is especially interested in the history of Chinese cuisine.

Toni D. Chambers earned her BFA in illustration at the University of Massachusetts. Born to Jamaican immigrant parents, Toni has always had family, culture, and the arts as prominent inspiring forces in her life.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 176 pages

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9781665935500

Add to wishlist / Add to compare

Linden Tree Books

Copyright 2024 Linden Tree Books