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Words and art by James Solheim

         Eat Your Woolly Mammoths is about how food's oddities shape history and history's oddities shape food.  Take the Jell-O Century (the twentieth) as an example.  Starting in the time of Teddy Roosevelt, Americans competed to invent the most imaginative Jell-O dishes, mixing in everything from cow tongue to Spam.  To bring this concept to life I combined historic images with my own off-kilter drawings.  I put the face of Jell-O's inventor on an early baseball card, and gave him a real-life Spam Jell-O dish to hurl in a boys-versus-girls Jell-O war.

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            These historic ballerinas taught those guys a lesson about correct form in Jell-O hurling.

            All the Jell-O delights shown here are actual dishes featured in magazines of the time, based on ingredients that included pickles, mayo, spaghettiOs, liver sausage, and much more.

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         Ancient Greece had celebrities and celebrity gossip just like us!  Milo of Croton was their big-name athlete, so the rumors about him really got out of hand.

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         I drew a Medusa with colored pencil and added her to an actual photo of the ruins of Sparta.

         Teamwork and art:  the creepy statue sticking his head up out of the Spartan ruins is someone I worked hard to create and decided with some uncertainty to remove.  But instead of just deleting him, I clicked the "hide" button in the Photoshop file that I sent to the publisher.  When I got the files back to check over, the poor fellow had popped up again.  I figured someone in the HarperCollins art department had rescued him—so I left him in.  I'm kinda worried about that accusing stare he's giving me! 


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When I say I'm covering the history of food, I mean two million years!

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