Breakfast, as the saying goes, improves cognitive functioning, prevents fatigue, and decreases body mass index. There’s another saying that it’s the most important meal of the day (I’m not sure why that’s catchier; it’s far more vague). Anyway, whether your interpretation is a bagel on the run or a sit-down bacon, eggs, and toast experience, you’re helping your body and mind by eating breakfast.
No matter what your breakfast choice these days, chances are you’ve sat a table and slowly crunched your way through a bowl of cereal, while reading the box. Now there’s a book that nearly exhaustively catalogs the many cereals to grace our supermarket aisles and breakfast tables for nearly 150 years. The Great American Cereal Book showcases more than 400 cereals and includes over 200 images, while fortifying the book with cereal history and trivia.
Whether you prefer Grape Nuts and Wheaties to Franken Berry and Sugar Smacks, you’ll likely find your favorite cereal in these pages. The cereals are broken down by eras, somewhat by generations, but also partly by trends in the cereal market. Within the categories, individual cereals are broken down with data points like manufacturer, dates on the market, varieties based on the cereal, spokescharacters, trivia related to the cereal, and more. While much of the book is encyclopedic in nature, it’s also frosted with interesting cereal history like the making of Cap’n Crunch, the Trix Rabbit Story, a huge listing of fictional cereals from television and the movies, and a whole lot more.
From Smurf Berry Crunch to Klondike Pete’s Crunchy Nuggets and C-3POs to the fictitious Krusty-Os (flesh-eating bacteria in every box), The Great American Cereal Book is two scoops of magically delicious breakfast of champions. Even Mikey likes it!
Special Prize Inside!
In a cereal box, the prize is found at the bottom; such is the case here. We have a few copies of The Great American Cereal Book to give away, along with some cereal (of course!), and some nifty containers for munching on cereal anytime — all courtesy of our friends over at Abrams Books. All you have to do is leave a comment below tell us your all time favorite cereal.
Edit: This contest is now closed.
Disclosure: GeekDad received a review copy of this book. And some tasty cereal.