Food Geography Program

Food Geography is The Cookbook Project’s middle school education program. This program has been tailored for a youth participants in 6-8th grades, which corresponds to ages 12-14, although the content could be scaled up or down, depending on your needs.All of our programs are based on the experiential education philosophy, which values creating an inclusive and varied learning experience that encourages participants to be open-minded.

Session Structure



Opening Circle 5 minutes Opening activity or interactive question and answer
Teacher Introduction 10 minutes Teacher will set the stage for the content with a question or example.
Content 40 minutes Main content or activity for the session.
Call to action 5 minutes Specific and measureable action items for students to ‘take home’ and consider until the next session.

Overall, the curriculum is really focused on giving young people an opportunity to look at food through both a local and global lens. This curriculum has been inspired by a curiosity our global food system and the origin of common foods, and  an amazement for the deliciousness of local and seasonal foods. Intermediate cooking skills, and a concept of how foods grow, what grows where and when, and why eating a Banana in New York is both commonplace and yet totally strange. Food Geography focuses on understanding food and its origins through history and the environment.

Curriculum Overview

Session Name Content
1 Pre-test + Food Geography Measure where you participants are at in terms of their understanding of food and nutrition and introduce the curriculum with a session on Food Geography.
2 Culinary Passport Learn about where foods originally came from
3 Cooking:Food Geography Dish Learn about and taste different ingredients that come from different parts of the world.
4 Healthy Herbs and Spices Understand the benefits of herbs and spices for taste and health, and learn how to use them.
5 Herbaceous Herbs Learn how to either plant or dry herbs (depending on resources and the season
6 Salsas Around the World Learn about delicious global condiments and how to make different simple ‘salsas’
7 Seasonal Eating Wheel


Understand the concept of seasonality and get to know fruits and vegetable seasons.
8 What’s Fresh Learn about the concepts of local, imported, organic, and conventional. Taste different items that fall into these categories.
9 Cooking: Garden Salad Preparation Use seasonal and local produce to make a garden salad with homemade dressing.
10 Healthy Snacks Learn label literacy skills and practice critical thinking to determine why some snacks may be healthier than others.
11 Healthy Snacks from Around the World Prepare simple healthy street snacks from around the world.
12 International Power Lunches Learn about what is served for lunch in school in other parts of the world, and plan out a healthy power lunch
13 Sustainable Food Geography Meal


Prepare an internationally inspired meal and share the meal together with family and friends if possible.
14 Closing Ceremony & Certificates + Post test Give out the post-test and Celebrate the culmination of the program with certificates.