Teacher's Guide for Ancient Food

Ancient Food Teachers' Guide


The best way to learn about the history of food, of course, is to cook and eat some! If you have access to a kitchen, that's great, but you can also make a lot of very authentic ancient Greek, or Roman foods without any oven or stove.

For a Greek meal with no cooking, try this:

1) feta cheese in olive oil, with lettuce and onion in pita bread
2) plain yogurt with honey and walnuts mixed into it

If you can cook, try slicing good country bread, pouring some olive oil on it,
sprinkling salt and thyme on top of that and broiling it for a couple of minutes
(just until it is toasted).

Roasted lamb would also be authentic. Or roasted chicken. Lentil soup (with carrots and onions) would be too.

For a Roman meal (this needs cooking) try white pizza:

buy or make a pizza crust (or use pita bread)
spread it with olive oil, then grated cheese (use mozzarella), then add vegetables if
you like (onion, green pepper, red pepper, mushrooms, olives) and/or anchovies.
bake it in a hot oven until the crust is cooked (follow the directions on the package)

If you can't cook, try slicing fresh mozzarella cheese on a plate, and drizzling olive oil on top of that, and then sprinkling basil on top.

The Romans also liked cucumbers in honey, but personally I find it hard to eat.

We also have suggestions for food from China, India, Egypt, the Islamic Empire, or the Middle Ages.

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