Have you ever been to the reenactment of a historical event? In this post, you will have a chance to see how we learned to learn about the Revolutionary War to combine recipes used at the time in this fantastic book review. I can’t call it a cookbook and it isn’t a history book… it’s both! It’s a historical cookbook!
Welcome to the 1700s with “Eat Your U.S. History Homework!” This book, by Ann McCallum Books is FANTASTIC! Not only does it include lots of historical information, starting with 1607, when the first permanent English colony was founded in Jamestown, VA, but it talks about cooking at the time, utensils that were used and an awesome list of recipes of the time period.
We made three recipes from the book. They were all easy to follow, easy to make, delicious and full of historical information, delivered in a fun and exciting kind of way. My children had no idea how much they were learning, simply by making a dessert and a breakfast dish. They learned history about each dish, which utensils were used, kitchen skills and so much more.
Read on to get an idea on how this books works, learn about some of the recipes we made and how fun it is to incorporate cooking and baking into any homeschooling subject. I have personally incorporated recipe to our Geography lessons (dishes from around the world), but this is even cooler! Imagine making recipes from the past and get a feel for what people ate during those time periods!
The first dish we made was the Colonial Cherry-Berry Grunt. Ah! It was so much fun to make! My oldest was reading me the list of ingredients and the measurements while my youngest was helping me with the mixing and beating and such. It was delicious! We all loved it!
But what is a good dessert like this one without homemade ice cream, right? Well, Eat Your U.S. History Homework also includes a recipe for Independence Ice Cream, so that was the second recipe we tried. It was easy to make and it tasted so good! my children were in awe of how a liquid turned into a solid simply by shaking it.
The third dish we made was Lost Bread. Oh my, this is the perfect breakfast! It is similar to French Toast, but so much better. We followed the recipe to the letter, except that the only day-old bread we had were some hotdog buns. They turned out PERFECT and so tasty! We added fruit and a cup of milk to complete the dish.
Recipes from the Revolutionary War for Children
What can I say? These were some of the best History lessons that we have had. The book is thorough, entertaining and full of historical facts. I simply could not ask for me. Well, actually, I could ask for her other books for our homeschool!
Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds (Eat Your Homework)Eat Your U.S. History Homework: Recipes for Revolutionary Minds (Eat Your Homework)Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci TaleBeanstalk: The Measure of a Giant (A Math Adventure)Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds (Eat Your Homework)[(The Secret Life of Math: Discover How (and Why) Numbers Have Survived from the Cave Dwellers to Us!)] [ By (author) Ann McCallum ] [October, 2005]