Ancient Eats: An Edible Exploration of the World

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Early Civilization

Ancient Eats: An Edible Exploration of the World
Author: Hanson, Stephanie
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Time Period: Early Civilization
Time Frame: 49,000 BCE-1200 CE
Geographic Area: Various
Country: Ancient Various
Topics: World History
Genre: Non Fiction
Reading Age: Upper Middle Grade, Young Adult
Format: Cook Book
Published: 2022

World History > Early Civilization

Go on a mouth watering journey through the ancient world with this family-friendly cookbook. Each of the more than 100 recipes is inspired by delicious historical dishes and adapted for ease of preparation in the modern kitchen. Taste your way through 18 cultures as you feed your mind with mythical origins and the historical significance of food around the world and across tens of thousands of years. Make tamales like the Olmecs in Mesoamerica and curry like the people of the Indus Valley Civilization of India. Enjoy feasts, drinks, desserts, and simple snacks as you read about their ancient origins.

Our recipes are designed with families in mind, so many offer gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian options. Each recipe has a recommended skill level for younger chefs. More than 100 photos will tempt your appetite and keep you flipping through this book of food history.

This cookbook is a companion volume to Ancient History: A Secular Exploration of the World.

Emily's Review

I love cookbooks, and I love history, so this is right up my alley. This book is meant to be paired with Hanson's other book, Ancient History: A Secular Exploration of the World. I highly recommend that book, and think you could use this with any history curriculum.

There is a really good variety of recipes from around the world, many not typically included in historical cookbooks, like African, Asian, and South American countries - even Aboriginal Australia is included! Also, as a person with food allergies, I appreciate that she included substitutions and notes for gluten-free and vegan options. The author is a historian who has worked in living history, which lends a lot of authenticity to this cookbook. I can trust that she did extensive research into the recipes included.

There are also stories, histories, and more included throughout, making this a great supplement for your ancient history curriculum.

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