Event—Adult Education

Making and Tasting Historical Recipes: Foods of the Age of Exploration and Western Colonialism


Cook along with the instructor in this class focused on the foods of the Age of Exploration.

Chromolithograph of a fruiting branch of the cacao tree, by P. Depannemaeker after an image by the Dutch botanical artist Berthe Hoola van Nooten, 1885. Source: The Wellcome Collection, Reference Number: 16417i.

Class Description

In this cooking demonstration and workshop, we will study, prepare, and taste early modern European recipes influenced by the Age of Exploration and empire-building of Western colonialism. We will explore this period of culinary exchange and discovery and learn about premodern food culture through reading and interpreting recipes from a variety of European culinary sources.

Sarah Peters Kernan, Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library, holds a PhD in medieval history from Ohio State University. In addition to regularly writing and teaching, she is co-editor of The Recipes Project and host of the Around the Table podcast.

Materials List


  • Digital Course Packet

First Reading

  • Participants may choose their level of participation in the class. They should review the digital course packet in advance to determine if they wish to cook along with the instructor.

Cost and Registration

1 session, $100 ($90 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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