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Rude Dude's Book of Food

Stories Behind Some of the Crazy-Cool Stuff We Eat

By Tim J. Myers

It's actually true that Mongol warriors rode with slabs of raw meat under their saddles then ate them that night in camp! It's actually true that Chinese archaeologists found 4,000-year-old noodles in an overturned cup. It's actually true that Americans buy $1 billion worth of chocolate each Valentine's Day. You think food is just stuff we eat!? Come on! There's a world full of great food stories out there—and Rude Dude's going to tell them!

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"It’s a book that tells the story of certain foods and, in telling that story, [Myers] unveils deeper lessons about human connectedness, inclusiveness, acceptance, curiosity, and respect."

—Sherry Dryja, The Kitchen Dilettante


"Rude Dude's Book of Food has powerful and poignant moments in between delightful fun and whimsy! It folds in history, from Alexander the Great to internment camps to the roots of fortune cookies, while focusing on interesting stories about foods kids love. And the tone of the 'Keep Being Awesome' health-tip sidebars was spot on!"

—Barbara M. Burns, Ph.D. Professor and Director of Liberal Studies: Pre-Teaching and Child Studies, Santa Clara University


“Children are exposed to literally thousands of messages about food each year in all types of media. The vast majority of these are marketing messages designed to manipulate and deceive, with the result that most kids have very little knowledge about the food they eat—what it’s made from, what its nutritional value is, and why it was created. Tim J. Myers' Rude Dude's Book of Food has a refreshing new voice that can break through the clutter with kid-friendly, and often sassy, explanations about the history of some of kids’ (and adults') favorite foods. Rude Dude takes us on a journey around the globe to pinpoint key moments in the history of foods like pizza, hamburgers, and chocolate. Myers celebrates the universality of some foods (like chocolate), and describes how different cultures customize them (like noodles/pasta). Rude Dude celebrates food not for the prize inside the box or the superstar athlete who endorses it, but for authentic reasons’—like people around the world serving it at their celebrations, explorers taking it across oceans to new lands, or, in the words of the Dude himself, its general awesomeness.”

—Katharine E. Heintz, Ph.D.,Department of Communication, Santa Clara University


“I love Tim J. Myers' Rude Dude's Book of Food—it was so much fun to read! There is something about Tim's unique voice that made me want to read more. This style—and this topic—are perfect for children. They can learn this important information and at the same time have fun and be engaged in the book's humor!”

—Christina Ri, Ph.D.,Department of Communication, Santa Clara University


"I found Tim J. Myers' Rude Dude's Book of Food humorous and fun and full of facts about food. In a time when many kids are spending a ton of time on gadgets and texting, not getting proper exercise and a proprer diet, it is so important that they understand that 'they are what they eat.' This book accomplishes that in a straightforward but fun way. Hey, I even learned a fact or two I wasn't aware of . . ."

—Chef James "Jimmy" Canora, Delmonico's, NYC

Product Details
Age range
8 - 11
Grade range
3 - 6
Number of pages
Publication date
October 14, 2014