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All of the items on this page have lessons and recipes in Cooking Up Some World History, a teacher resource book published by Sunflower Education.

Each recipe is accompanied by an introduction and a classroom connection. Short, simple, fun activities that connect the recipe to history, math, science, or the language arts. Cooking Up Some World History gives you a way to turn children’s love of food into a love of world history. It is a unique cookbook that provides truly authentic recipes in historical contexts, adding flavor to learning.

Cooking Up Some World History cookbook front cover
A photograph of fereni a traditional pudding enjoyed by Assyrians

Fereni—A Royally Good Dessert!

Fereni is a traditional pudding enjoyed by modern Assyrians. The pistachios, used today for decoration, are native to the area and were considered food for royalty. You can enjoy your fereni warm when you make it, or later as a cold dessert!

Historical recipe from World history of cinnamon date cake

Cinnamon Date Cake Recipe from Cooking Up Some World History. 

Cinnamon Date Cake—Let’s Make It a Date!

The date palm tree was important to Babylon. One bunch can contain over 1,000 dates. They can be eaten fresh, stuffed, or baked, and they are a source for date syrup and date sugar. Combining them with another exotic ingredient, cinnamon, the Babylonians could have shared a similar experience.

A photograph of Tameya the original veggie burger

Tameya—The Original Veggie Burger!

One of the many foods the Egyptians grew and stored were beans. They are the main ingredient in this recipe but it also contains foods, like coriander from India, that would have been a part of their diet after they began to travel.

Aztec Hot Chocolate—It’s Pure Gold!

While corn and beans were the mainstays of the Aztec diet, chocolate was their passion. It was so valued that cocoa beans were used as a currency. Instead of sugar, their chocolate drink was spiced with chilis and flavored with vanilla. They also drank it cold.

Roggenbraut—Funny Name, Good Taste!

There was still a class system during the Renaissance. The kind of bread you ate showed your social status. The wealthier you were, the more you could afford to process your wheat; which meant that you ate white bread. Although the modern recipe contains white flour, this brown bread is a good example of what commoners ate with their meals.

Historical recipe from World history of Roman honey cakes

Roman Honey Cakes Recipe from Cooking Up Some World History. 

Roman Honey Cakes—Mixin’ It Up with Honey

Even though bread was their main source of food, ancient Romans did not eat plain, tasteless bread. They often sweetened it with honey or cheese.

New Corn Stuffed Tamales—Delicious and Portable!

Once the maize was harvested, it was prepared through a difficult and elaborate process. The final product, a paste, was used to make tortillas and tamales. Tamales were filled with any available food. Once cooked, corn husks held the tamale together. They were easily carried to work or hunting, and the leaves could be discarded anywhere. The Mayans invented the first biodegradable lunch box!

A photograph of baba ganoush made with eggplant

Baba Ganoush—Starring...the Eggplant!

In the many writings and recipes of ancient Islam, eggplant is the vegetable that is mentioned the most. It is still a popular food today in the Middle East. Baba Ganoush is similar to common hummus, but has a more exotic flavor. As you eat and prepare this dish be sure to follow an important Muslim dietary rule—wash your hands both before and after you eat.

Historical recipe from World history of crumpets

Crumpets Recipe from Cooking Up Some World History. 

Crumpets—Bring Fiction to Life!

Many great authors, like Dickens and Austen, published books during the Industrial Revolution and their books often gave detailed descriptions of the meals they ate. Crumpets, served with tea, were favorites of many fictional characters.

This unique cookbook provides authentic and easy-to-make recipes in historical contexts!


Cooking Up Some World History 

Cooking Up Some World History Cookbook front cover

From Ancient Roman Honey Cakes to Classic English Crumpets, these authentic historic recipes add flavor to learning!