Event—Adult Education

Making and Tasting Historical Recipes: Foods of the Columbian Exchange


Cook along with the instructor in this class focused on the foods of the Columbian Exchange.

The Indian Village of Secoton after John White. From Thomas Hariot's " A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia," 1590. Call number: VAULT folio Ayer 150.5 .V7 H2 1590

Class Description

In this class, conducted as a cooking demonstration and workshop, we will study, prepare, and taste early modern European recipes influenced by the Columbian Exchange. This transfer of plants, animals, populations, and diseases between the Old and New Worlds following Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the Americas led to many modern regional culinary identities and dishes.

We will explore this exchange of foods and the adoption of culinary identities 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 The 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

One 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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