Annal: 1992 Aventis Prize for Junior Science Book

Results of the Aventis Prize in the year 1992.

Book:The Amazing Voyage of the Cucumber Sandwich

The Amazing Voyage of the Cucumber Sandwich

Peter Rowan

Dr. Peter Rowan follows the progress of a cucumber sandwich to explain what happens when food enters the human body—how it is broken down physically and converted chemically, and what the functions are of both the food itself and the organs that deal with it.

Dr. Rowan’s explanations of these often complex functions are entertaining as well as informative, with a wealth of astonishing true stories—from the hapless Alexis St Martin, into whose stomach Dr William Beaumont dangled food on silk threads, to the strange case of the loony chickens in Indonesia—and they all go to show that you really are what you eat.

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