"Books All Young Georgians Should Read" for 2022

Georgia Center for the Book


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About Kim

Kim Zachman is an author and freelance writer with more than a decade of experience contributing to regional and national publications. She has written for Dog & Kennel, American Bungalow, Military Spouse, Macon Magazine as well as dozens of regional parenting magazines. Her first book There's No Ham in Hamburger: Facts and Folklore About Our Favorite Foods released in April 2021 and the companion book There's No Cream in Cream Soda: Facts and Folklore About Our Favorite Drinks is scheduled for release July 2023.

About the Book

From hot dogs and hamburgers to ice cream and pizza, this fascinating nonfiction middle grade book is full of fun facts and stories of the origins of some of America's most popular foods.

There's No Ham in Hamburgers has all the ingredients for an entertaining and educational middle-grade read. Packed with informative sidebars, recipes, and experiments, along with fabulously funny illustrations by Peter Donnelly, this book is a reading recipe that kids will sink their teeth into!

Praise for There's No Ham in Hamburgers

“This title would be a great addition to classes studying food and nutrition. Some parts can even be used in chemistry class. It would also be a great supplement when discussing how an idea or invention is created and then morphs over time, especially when the impact of a changing culture is considered.”

School Library Connection

““Entertaining, fascinating, and full of facts – I loved this book so much! A great book for your non-fiction kid reader, and for us adults too. Highly recommend!” 

— Fleur Bradley, author of Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

“An excellent and fun read for any kid or adult foodie.”  

School Library Journal

Delightfully described and illustrated with amusing cartoon characters, this account of familiar foods engagingly combines history with the immigration story… Add this selection to home, school, and office; for both young and old to savor as it holds a treasure of pleasure.”

San Francisco Book Review

Told in a breezy, conversational style, the book walks readers through the often surprisingly far-ranging history of folklore of favorite foods from pizza to peanut butter. A good choice for any young gourmand’s bookshelf.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“This is such a fun book…Kids will love the stories, and adults will love that kids are learning history, nutrition, science, etc. as they read…this is a perfect book for homeschoolers and unschoolers. I highly recommend it!”

Lisa Lewis Tyre, author of Hope in the Hollar

Latest News


There's No Ham in Hamburgers: Facts and Folklore About Our Favorite Foods 

was selected as a Finalist for the 2022

AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books



Learn more fun food facts at NoHamInHamburger.com