Food in Kansas

Looking for a fun way to combine history and science for younger students? Food in Kansas is a free download from the Kansas Historical Society that fits the bill.

Food in Kansas takes young cooks back in time on a culinary journey through Kansas, discovering the foods associated with different groups and settings:

  • Native Americans.
  • Early settlers.
  • Soldiers and officers of the 1860s.
  • Cowboys.
  • Settlers from Europe.
  • Harvey Houses and railroads.
  • Early 1900s farms.
  • The birth of fast food.

Several features provide a well-rounded introduction to the topic:

  • Historical background.
  • Quotes from primary sources.
  • Photos of artifacts.
  • Information on nutrition and sound food choices.

But the centerpiece of the PDF is the recipes. Young cooks and historians will have clear directions for preparing traditional foods, including:

  • Jerky.
  • Pemmican.
  • Johnnycake.
  • Popcorn.
  • Hardtack.
  • Cowboy beans.
  • Sauerkraut.
  • Pfeffernüsse.
  • Watermelon pickles.
  • Pancakes.
  • Baking powder biscuits.
  • Hamburgers.
  • And more!

While clearly geared toward younger children, there is enough solid historical work in this document to intrigue anyone with an interest in Kansas food history. Enjoy!