The Great Race Cookbook

"Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music." Julia Child

"My college degree was in theater. But the real reason, if I have any success in that milieu, so to speak, is because I spent a lot of years directing. I spent a lot of years behind the camera." Alton Brown discussing his cooking show, Good Eats.

Photo Credit: Oliver Schulze; Student chefs attempt to master the diverse tastes of Indian cuisine in the basement of the Sharpe Refectory during the semesterĀ“s first session of "Cooking with Rose." Printed with permission from the Brown Daily Herald.
The Great Race Cookbook - in print, digital and video format! Let's create a huge, collaborative cookbook - The Great Race Cookbook, and include recipes from countries along the race route, from countries with teams entering the race, and countries where participating students reside! Along with your recipe, create a video of a cooking show styled to the format of Alton Brown's show, Good Eats. If you haven't seen it, please watch it. We recommend that you order the DVDs of his shows for your school's library - they are that good! Alton includes and makes connections to everything from chemistry to history, physics, literature, anthropology and more. Be sure your students do the same with their recipes! Watch for the Cookbook Rubric coming soon!

Here we will be posting ideas and guidelines for submissions to The Great Race Cookbook, along with rubrics to guide student design. In the meantime, please visit the following links for some ideas to whet your appetite for this project!

Cooking Show - visit this page for suggestions on how to create a cooking show on the same format as Good Eats! See our page on Media Literacy for links to resources on video and television production.

Candy - another interdisciplinary, and important, curricular theme. Your students could focus on candies in various cultures - they are not the same! Have them conduct research, beginning with interviewing and collaborating with students from the country (or countries) they wish to investigate. Ask them what their favorite candies are, get the contact information for the manufacturers and contact them to conduct investigative interviews, ask them to send you samples of their most popular candies, create an International Candy Museum, find out about their labor issue and laws, economies, food production and safety laws, advertising and marketing. Find out about the art involved in designing candy labels and creating their advertising. It's actually an enormous topic ranging from the fun (holidays, celebrations and traditions) to the serious (labor issues, social class, economics and government). All the Multiple Literacies are there as well - from Emotional to Financial to Media and more!

Watch these, and then read the related articles! Then, take it a step further, and implement a similar project at your school or in your community!

The Edible Schoolyard - take their lead and plant a garden, then cook! If your climate is cold, you'll probably want to begin with designing and building a series of greenhouses! Take it a step further, and make it a service learning project for helping to feed the hungry in your community.

Pursuing Passions After School - After School Matters - the culinary arts are just one of many excellent programs these students in Chicago enjoy, and get paid to do!

Fighting for Fitness! Educational Institutions Step Into the Ring (article only) Possible follow-up activities for your students:
  • Plan and host a community Fighting for Fitness Day! Have representatives from physical fitness, nutrition, health, medicine, cooking, gardening and more available with booths for information. Have fun activities such as races, games, dancing.
  • Film Festival - can be in conjunction with the Fighting for Fitness Community Fair - let your students show their documentaries on topics related to fitness. Perhaps you have a movie theater downtown where you could hold this film festival!
  • Dinner Theatre - for your school or the entire community. Have your students present a stage production, and let them plan, cook and serve dinner! You'll need assistance from many community organizations and businesses, including the health department!
  • more to come - lots of ideas here!

Outside In - The Walden Project Helps Students See the Forest for the Trees - this is an excellent article, somewhat related to cooking and gardening. Enjoy the Audio Slide Show.

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