Food and History with Recipes

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Last Updated on July 22, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Food and History in the Kitchen

Teaching history, geography and culture with recipes.

Now many kids are home and not all school districts have online learning. Therefore, your kids are at home not learning anything new. So let’s add some history and geography learning to meal preparation.

History & Geography in the Kitchen

Using my recipe index of over 1000 recipes from every region of the world is a great way to get delicious food on the table and teach your kids about different countries.


Bring learning into the kitchen and let’s learn some Food and History with Recipes

How do I do that?

Many of my posts include lots of geographical, historical and cultural context for the recipe. You can just have your kids read through the post and then ask them a few questions to make sure they have retained what they read.

Once you decide on what recipe you are going to make, have your kids show you where the country is on a map or globe. Have them read more about the country online. Ask each of your kids to tell you one interesting fact about the country by dinnertime.

To help you with this task, I have pulled some of my recipes that include the most historical and cultural context, Check out the recipes below for some inspiration and practice Food and History with Recipes.

Viking Brown Bread

Not only will your kids learn about history and geography, it might help the picky eaters to be a little less so.

Some of you may know that I teach culinary classes in an after school program to kids. One thing I have noticed after several years of doing this is that when the kids have participated in cooking the food themselves, they are more willing to try new and different foods.

Knife LR

In these challenging times, let’s try to help the picky kids be a little more adaptable. By letting them help out in the kitchen, it can also reinforce math skills. Practice fractions with measuring cups and spoons.

Kids LR

However, before we get to the recipes let’s talk about how to adapt them in these challenging times.

Adapting Recipes

You may find a great recipe you would love to include on your menu, but find you are missing an ingredient or two.

Now is not the time to be strict about authenticity. Maybe a recipe calls for raz el hanout. However you don’t have any but you do have garam masala. These are very similar spice blends that you can substitute as needed.

Now let’s get to the 10 recipes to inspire historical learning!

Food and History with Recipes

Here are 10 recipes with much historical, geographical and/or cultural information to add value and context to the recipes. It is a way for you to reinforce these skills with your kids while cooking in the kitchen.

Something Extra

Since I also write about travel, here are a few of my travel posts that will also give you and your kids additional historical and cultural knowledge.




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About Chef Mireille

Chef Mireille is a NYC based freelance chef instructor and food photographer. Due to her very diverse family background, she was able to travel and learn about global cultures and flavors from a young age. Her passion for culture, cooking, history and education had made her an expert on developing traditional globally inspired recipes & delicious fusion cuisine.
Her extensive travel history provides a plethora of background information and Travel Tips!

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Reader Interactions


  1. Chris Collins

    Completely agree that now is not the time be strict about authenticity, will definitely be tuning in to you live! 🙂

  2. Mayuri Patel

    Informative and useful post Mireille. With families all together, its best time to teach the kids other life skills that they do not learn at school, e.g. cooking and helping in the kitchen. I invoked my kids at a very young age to help in the kitchen and I too am an example as I use to help my mum from age 6 as we were a huge family. My cooking passion is born from there. Even if parents cannot cook elaborate dishes, its fun to just open the links and read and discuss about different cuisines and cultures.

  3. Shobha Keshwani

    You have such an amazing variety of recipes from all over the world in your blog dear .. Great job !

  4. Mina Joshi

    Your Post is very informative and all your recipes are exciting. Teaching kids cooking can be very rewarding. It’s teaching them to cook and enjoy a range of foods. I find that kids are so willing to try dishes they have helped cook.

  5. Emma Mykytyn

    This is an ideal time, as we have time. Time to explain and make these dishes instead of running around.

  6. Fiona Maclean

    I don’t have any kids, but this strikes me as a very sensible approach. I still remember my mother teaching me fractions with after-eight mints – of course, I got to eat the bits of minty chocolate if I got the fraction right!

  7. Anne| Craving Something Healthy

    I LOVE this post so much! Cooking covers every subject out there – history, geography, math, science, reading – and as a dietitian, I always tell moms that getting kids involved in the kitchen and having family meals pays off in all areas of life!

    • Chef Mireille

      I couldn’t agree with your more. So many parents focus on math, business and sciences, but cooking is a life skill that will carry them forward. I have met college aged kids who couldn’t boil a potato. When they are on their own, this means they are spending so much more money eating out for meals that can have serious financial repercussions for them. Also when they help prepare the meals, they also become less picky and willing to eat healthier foods.

  8. Katie Hughes

    At this time when we can’t travel, it’s great to travel virtually with recipes from different countries and cultures! You’ve certainly inspired me to widen my home cooking range.

    • Chef Mireille

      I hope you do. Right now it’s about celebrating the little pleasure in life. We can at least travel on our plates, even if we cannot get on a plane right now. So what’s the first globally inspired meal next on the menu?

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