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.
- 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:
- Cowboy beans.
- Watermelon pickles.
- Baking powder biscuits.
- 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!