Edible Secrets—A Food Tour of Classified US History: By Michael Hoerger and Mia Partlow, 121 pgs. By Andy Conway

An awfully intriguing and fun read examining the relationship between food and some of the more infamous moments and figures in modern American history. Amazingly true stories about how Jell-O played a role in the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg; the influence Coke and Pepsi have had over the White House for decades now; and the United States government’s assassination attempts on Fidel Castro via poisoned Chinese food are just some of many shocking tidbits Michael Hoerger and Mia Partlow divulge here. This book provides a lot of proof via reprinted “secret” documents and FBI files, which helps back it all up as being more than just crazy conspiracy theories involving junk food and soda. Worth it just for finding out the favorite snacks of some of the world’s worst dictators of the past century (one of them really enjoys nougat). Another excellent book from Microcosm, who have released some really great stuff. –Microcosm Publishing, Microcosmpublishing.com