The experiential learning team is fascinated by all sorts of ingredients, from those found in food to makeup to medicine and more.
2018 by McElroy, SydneeGet this item
Sawbones is one of my favorite podcasts, so I was excited to read this book, which covers popular topics from the show. Learn why people used to do things like eat mummies, wear radioactive underwear, and drill holes in their heads in the name of medicine. Recommended by Eli O.
2020 by Zaidan, GeorgeGet this item
This book tackles the ingredients of everything from snacks to smoking to sunscreen. It strikes a really good balance of covering the science behind the products we consume while remaining engaging and entertaining. Recommended by Eli O.
2016 by Pollan, MichaelGet this item
Did you know that corn is in nearly everything we eat and use? I didn’t, but this book explains why so much corn is grown in Illinois. I found this book to be a fascinating exploration of the history, culture and context behind the different ingredients we add to our meals. Recommended by Michelle.
2017 by Ruhlman, MichaelGet this item
How did we go from general stores to Whole Foods? Why are stores laid out the way they are? Everything you never knew you wanted to know about groceries. Recommended by Eli O.
2016 by Egan, SophieGet this item
You probably don't think much about your sad desk salad, but author Sophie Egan certainly has. Learn how American values brought us the office candy bowl and Chipotle. Recommended by Eli O.
Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live2018 by Dunn, Rob R.Get this item
If you’ve always been curious about what’s in the walls, the drains, your showerhead--basically all the things that surround you on a daily basis--this book is for you. It is not for the faint of science. Recommended by Amy H.
2015 by Ettlinger, SteveGet this item
See what's inside your food. This book is definitely harder science than some of the other suggestions on this list, but even if you don't want all the molecular details, you'll be fascinated by the images and the breakdowns of some of our favorite processed foods. Recommended by Eli O.