How To Use Food To Teach About Culture in a Meaningful Way

We all eat. But food serves as more than just sustenance. Food is a gateway to understanding culture, history, and identity. In today’s diverse classrooms, educators have an opportunity to foster cultural understanding through discussions about food. While merely exploring the culinary aspects of different cultures may seem enticing, genuine cultural appreciation goes beyond the porridge on our plates. We consulted with experts on ways teachers can engage students in meaningful conversations about food that offer a deeper view of diverse cultures. We also have suggestions for books and ideas for teaching culture and food in your classroom.