"A lively history of popular alternatives to plain tap water. A sugary spill of facts, fads, and popular fancies."
Kirkus Reviews

"This engaging title takes readers on a thirst quenching journey through time unraveling the stories and histories behind popular drinks. With few other books available on the topic and riveting writing that will keep kids reading, this book is a highly suggested purchase."
School Library Journal




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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

Take a Sip of This

Why is there no cream in cream soda? What kind of root is in root beer? Who put the pink in pink lemonade? There’s No Cream in Cream Soda dips into the inventions, innovations and scientific discoveries that led to the creation of some of America’s favorite drinks. Beverage history is intertwined with cultural changes too, such as the enormous effects of the Prohibition period on America’s fascination with soft drinks. Stir in some experiments, recipes, and funky facts, and this read will be sure to satisfy a thirst for fun.

Praise for Kim

“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

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There's No Cream in Cream Soda: Facts and Folklore About Our Favorite Drinks 

was selected as a 

Junior Library Guild Gold Standard



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