The Wondrous Journey of Food by Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr.
Illustrations by Steven P. Eilers
“The wonderful world of everything about food awaits you! With an easy-to-read story blended with scientific and environmental information, Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr. gives us the history and current facts about what we eat from soup to nuts. Even the footnotes in his latest work, The Wondrous Journey of Food, have fun-filled anecdotes. His writing takes us on a journey:
There a snake. What kind? I have to act quickly as it is sliding away. Smelled me before I him. I begin the chase, quickly going over the characteristics of a poisonous snake. Probably a pit viper. A bounding leap brings my foot down on its head. Good, I still had my boots. I fumbled in my pockets. No wallet, no money. Who cares! I am hungry.
The vocabulary of a professor learned in the environment, biology, history, and the law blends with the lyrical language of a power and songwriter in a remarkable new story. The author has addressed scientific topics in articles and seminars, and has recently published numerous volumes of fiction and magic realism. Now, he captures all the elements of multiple genres and packs them into one! With delightful changes in tense and point of view, Van Stockum draws upon his years of advance study. With a practical application of the adventures of a man well-acquainted with farm life, the mountains, woods, and streams, he provides us with a remarkable study of the history of food. You will treasure this book!” -Mary Popham
Mary Popham’s book reviews have appeared in the Courier-Journal, and the Louisville Review. Her essay entitled “The Kindnesses We Give Each Other,” recently appeared in This I believe: Kentucky. Her novel is entitled Back Home in Landing Run.