How Carrots Won the Trojan War

Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables

Discover why Roman gladiators were massaged with onion juice before battle, how celery contributed to Casanova’s conquests, how peas almost poisoned General Washington, and why some seventeenth-century turnips were considered degenerate. Rebecca Rupp tells the strange and fascinating history of 23 of the world’s most popular vegetables. Gardeners, foodies, history buffs, and anyone who wants to know the secret stories concealed in a salad are sure to enjoy this delightful and informative collection.

$ 14.95 US

Buy this Book

We don’t sell our books directly through If you’d like to buy How Carrots Won the Trojan War , please visit one of the online bookstores below or give us a call and we’ll take care of you. Support local businesses when you can!

Storey Direct: 1-800-441-5700


  • Paper
  • Pages: 384
  • Size: 5 x 8
  • Color: Two-color; Illustrations throughout
  • ISBN: 978-1-60342-968-9
  • Order Number: 62968
  • Ebook

More Books by This Author

thumbnail image


Kids are fascinated by the unstoppable force of weather. To nurture any child’s interest in meteorology, Rebecca Rupp combines impeccable science, 20 exciting experiments, and irresistible facts and lore into a book that will turn every young weather-kid into a know-it-all. Jemima and Rodney, a brother-and-sister team with a right brain/left brain rivalry, guide readers through the book’s scientific concepts and projects — from animal thermometers to Michelangelo's snowman.

Other Storey Titles You Will Enjoy