How It Happened! Pizza: The Cool Stories and Facts Behind ­Every Slice

Union Square & Co. (How It Happened!). Nov. 2023. 192p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781454945000.
Gr 3-6–For readers who have bitten into a slice of their favorite pizza and considered how lucky they were to have this sublime food in their lives, here are the cool facts about pizza, the origins of its ingredients, and how it became popular all around the world. Every culture has their own take on a flatbread delicacy, and some countries have even put their own spin on pizza toppings. Towler encourages readers to come up with their own spin on pizza and to create pizza art. This book is incredibly eye-appealing, with its vibrant colors (evocative of the 1990s) and photographs of delicious pizza. A table of contents, glossary, and index are included. There is also a pizza time line showing its evolution. Some pages feature questions to encourage readers to think critically about pizza such as, “Is pizza a sandwich?” Quotations from celebrities about pizza and interesting pizza facts are interspersed within each chapter. This is a very well-researched text about the origins of this common food, and will be a new favorite of anyone who loves pizza.
VERDICT A thorough and compelling book about a food that everyone loves. Highly recommended.

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